Pineapple Dreams

 

pineapple
Pineapples (watercolor and micron ink on paper; July 2018)

 

It might be that my recent meeting with that awful friend of mine is the cause for my new watercolor of a pineapple – because I´m actually allergic to them! LOL! 🙂

But I haven´t always been allergic to them, quite the contrary – I really loved eating pineapples when I was a kid and couldn´t get enough of them, both the fresh and the canned ones, and I also loved Pizza Hawaii.

But then one day, I noticed that my mouth and lips started to burn and slightly swell when I ate too much of the fruit so I had to cut down my intake which helped for a time.

And then the time arrived where only the slightest bite of a pineapple provoked this reaction and I had to stop eating pineapples all together.

But every so often I dream of eating pineapples, not in my sleep but during the day, when I happen to see them in a supermarket or see someone else eating one.

My only consolation is that I can at least draw and paint the bloody thing without provoking an allergic reaction! 😀

Do you also have food allergies but can´t help dreaming how it would be to eat the thing you´re allergic to?

Published by Sarah

Artist & Illustrator

61 thoughts on “Pineapple Dreams

    1. Thanks a lot, Darren! I’m glad you don’t suffer from allergies as they really suck!
      And children can be detected even from a distance so you should be safe.😉

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    1. Thanks so much! And no, no pineapple juice for me sadly. But there are luckily so many other fruits and juices I can enjoy. 😄
      Have a lovely evening! Is it as hot there as it is here? Around 31 degrees!!

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  1. The most perfect pineapples are in your painting, Sarah! It’s too bad you’re allergic, though, but I had to laugh at your wording. 🙂 I love ham and pineapple pizza, but it’s a once in awhile treat. Pineapple alone is yummy, too, on hot summer days. I’m allergic to avocados, which doesn’t bother me because I don’t like them. But I have to watch what I order to make sure they’re not touching any of my food. I get real sick, not fun. Anyway, I’m off to your next post playing catch up. 🙂 Hugs!

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    1. Thanks so much, Lauren!
      It´s a good thing you don´t like avocados anyway so this allergy really can´t bother you too much. But I know how careful one has to be ordering in a restaurant – one time I ordered fish in a chinese restaurant and it was covered with pineapple pieces!! Wasn´t mentioned on the menu or I wouldn´t have ordered it in the first place. Luckily my friend ate most of it while I tucked into her roasted duck. 😉
      Have a fabulous Sunday! Hugs&love! xoxo ❤

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    1. Thank you, Diana! I really don’t know what has triggered this allergy, I think even the doctors don’t. 😉 But as long as I can paint them I’m happy too. 😄

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  2. I know exactly what you’re talking about (by the way, your pineapple painting makes my mouth water). Like you, I like pineapple but it’s forbidden fruit – always makes my tongue and lips burn. My guy has tried grilling pineapple along with pork or chicken, and it helps a bit, but not a lot. Over the years, I’m unable to eat most fruit without tongue-burning, like peaches and apricots and apples and….well, you get the picture.
    Perhaps you should send an overripe pineapple to that awful friend of yours. ;-0

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    1. Haha! I really should send that friend a pineapple maybe she´ll connect the dots then. 😉
      And thank you so much, love hearing that my painting made your mouth water even though you can´t enjoy the fruit anylonger too! I´ve heard that heating it up could destroy the protein that´s responsible for the allergic reactions but I rather not try. But it´s sweet of your guy that he gave it a try!
      And since you´re affected by the acid of so many fruits I wonder if getting only the ones that riped on a tree would maybe help? Usually all fruits sold in supermarkets are picked much too early and thus the acid levels are very high and don´t really vansih when ripening apart from the tree.
      Have a beautiful day, Pam! ❤

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      1. That’s a possibility, Sarah. First, think of this. I can’t eat apples, but I can eat applesauce (cooked apples, aha!). I can’t eat tomatoes (well, I do anyway, but still…ouch) but I can eat most spaghetti sauces. So I think the cooking thing makes the difference… xo

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  3. Not an allergy for me but I used to love Grapefruit. Unfortunately I’m now on medication for blood pressure and drinking Grapefruit juice or eating the fruit could cause my pressure to drop too low. I said to the Doc – “cut out that tablet and I’ll have a Grapefruit juice every morning instead”. Nope – they weren’t going to wear that one 😦

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    1. That´s too bad that your doctor wouldn´t let you take the grapefruit juice instead of the pills. Maybe he/she doesn´t like feeling useless? 😉 And I always thought that Grapefruit could only affect your medecine when taken directly with it so that you would be on the safe side when waiting about two hours or so. But better safe than sorry, I guess. You´ll have to be contend with an orange instead. 😉

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  4. Ack – not to be able to eat pineapple – that’s awful!

    I’m sensitive to lactose and avoid milk, especially whipped cream. My big allergy is to penicillin and derivatives which can cause me to go into anaphylactic shock. But I cannot imagine having a craving to paint mold. Hee hee hee.

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    1. LOL! Just the thought of having to paint molt, maybe even from a live model – ugh! 😂 Totally get why you wouldn´t want to do that, Shari! 😉
      And poor you for being lactose intolerant, that must be hard to avoid, but luckily nowadays there are all kind of substitutes like almond milk etc. And also luckily enough there are antibiotics that you could take if the need arises. 🙂

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  5. When I think of pineapple, I think Pina Colada. It was my favorite drink to order when we would go out. Your drawing would have me lusting after them. Excellent likeness. We used to get them fresh when we lived in Taiwan along with bananas. I lived off the fruit because there was little else I would eat while there. Nothing we get here tastes like what they have there. I’m not sure if it’s because they cut it too early for shipping or what. I don’t know that I could handle being allergic to it. I have bags of frozen pineapple in my freezer that I eat when we start exceeding normal heat ranges. Because I don’t sweat anymore, (heatstroke) I eat frozen pineapple to keep me cooled down. But we all have to watch how much of it we take in. Too much acid. I wonder if an allergist could figure out how to make you no longer sensitive to it? It’s going to be 98 degrees today. Ugh! 😦

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    1. Thank you very much, Marlene and I´m glad my painting made you lusting after a Pina Colada! 😉 Sadly my allergy hit before I ever got the chance to taste this drink.
      And I think that the too early cutting of the fruit is exactly the reason for the taste being so different, it´s the same thing with other fruits and even some vegetables like tomatoes. Whenever I am in Spain I enjoy the wonderful taste that seems always so much richer.
      The frozen pineapple you keep in the refrigerator sounds like an excellent idea to have cool treats during a heatwave, I do the same with grapes. 😉
      Not being able to sweat is really horrible, I sometimes have it when the summer starts, it´s like my body needs to get used to the warmer temperatures before it knows how to react properly. Take good care of you in these temperatures, Marlene! Don´t envy you, around here it´s a nice 80,6 which is rather perfect I think. 🙂
      Have a beautiful day!

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      1. Maybe the alcohol kills the enzymes that create allergy? . . . or once you’ve have a couple of drinks you no longer care about an allergic reaction?

        Love your hypo-allergenic painting.

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      2. Thank you very much! I should get a patent on hypo-allergenic paintings. 😉
        I fear the reaction would be much faster than the alcohol would have time to make me no longer care about it! 😂

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  6. I’m so sorry to hear that pineapple causes such a horrible reaction for you. Your painting is lovely and delicate; it makes me think of how pineapples looked when I was younger. Now the shops only seem to stock fat, dark ones without the beautiful leaves. They do make my lips burn a little if I eat too much, but I assumed that was just an excess of acid. xxxxxxx

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    1. Thanks so much, Su! And don´t worry about those burning lips, they most likely are really just the sideeffect of the acid, my mum gets them as well when she eats too much pineapple. It could also be that this happens because the fruits are harvested way before they´re actually ripe enough and the acid content is much higher then. I´ve wondered if my reaction would be the same if I ate a ripe fruit in say Thailand but I don´t think I would try it anyway. 😉
      The fruits you can buy here are also rather fat and dark but at least with some leaves though much smaller ones than I added in my painting. xxxxxxx

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  7. Ah, non! Allergique aux ananas … tu pauvre! Actually my third daughter had the same experience first of all with bananas, then pineapple and now with several other fruits too. The doctors can give no explanation as to why it has happened – she had always, like you eaten all fruits quite happily. This started when she was 21. She is studying Illustration so I will tell her that my friend Sarah prescribes painting fruit as a panacea of sorts. This pineapple, by the way, is good enough to eat (and I am lucky to be able to). Much love and I hope you are finally recovered from the frights of the overstayed welcome xxxxxxxxx

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    1. Ah, oui! C’est très tragique, n’est-ce pas? 😉 But your daughter seems to have it worse if she also has to avoid bananas and other fruit too. Typically cross allergies would include mango, papaya and kiwi but luckily I don’t have any problems with those. And I love bananas and have one most days. I don’t think that there is any explanation for allergies except that out bodies sadly misinterpret certain things.
      I hope she’ll have fun painting a pineapple, I certainly did! But I still startle if they play Pina Colada in the radio! 😂
      Hope all is well and that the Bean is busy writing her next delightful post! 😉 xxxxxxxxxxx

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      1. She manages but it is hard for her because she was a total fruit bat 🦇 as are all my girls (and me too). The Bean sends her most special love to you and says that she is working on her next post but she supposes she must let me have a turn first 😉 xxxxxxxxx

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      2. You can count me as a fruit bat as well – totally love that name by the way, since it combines two things I totally love 😉 – and I´m currently stuffing myself with blueberries, black and red currants, peaches, apricots, melons… it´s a bit scary how much really! I´ve read somewhere that when fruit is heated up to about 75 degrees Celcius most of the proteins that trigger the allergic reactions are destroyed and there´s still a few vitamins and minerals left, so maybe you daughter could eat those fruits then in a compote or pudding? xxxxxxxxxx

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      3. Ha! Genius. I will try it when she is next with me. I’m the quiet Queen of compotes so we can but give it a whirl . Fruit bats are always my friends. As are all kinds of bats. Xxxxxxxxxxx

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    1. Thank you, Tracy! It’s a shame we both can’t eat pineapple as they’re so healthy and delicious. But there’s luckily a great variety of other things we can eat… like cake or sweets. Oh wait! Those aren’t healthy, or are they? 😉😂

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      1. I see, I guessed it must have been diabetes and I´m so sorry that you have to suffer under it. My grandparents had it too, though with them it was the type 2. My granddad had much trouble to stay away from all the sweets and cakes he´d loved so much. 😦

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      2. Don’t blame your grandfather, Sarah. I really do think those foods are so addictive, especially for diabetics as there is some type of appetite suppressing enzyme that is not produced without a functioning pancreas. I would have to look it up to get the correct name.

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  8. I love your water color, Sarah. I also love pineapple, too. I’ve never heard of someone being allergic to them. As far as I know, I don’t have any allergies to specific foods. Enjoy your Sunday! xo

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    1. Thanks so much, Jill! So glad you like it and that you don’t have any food allergies, those can be a real pain in the behind. 😉
      Have a fabulous Sunday too my friend! 😄❤ xoxo

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  9. I think the symbol of pineapple means “welcome”. I’m not sure you want to associate that with your friend’s recent visit. Lol
    It’s a great watercolor. I really like it. Happy Weekend. Cheers

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