Although its name (in Spanish) suggests that Pera-Piña (Pineapple and Rice Drink) is made from pears, in reality, it has been given this name because its taste and texture resembles that of pear juice.
There are two groups of people who have strong opinions about how people should raise their kids: people who have kids, and people who don’t. I don’t know exactly what genetic quirk makes people feel is not just vital, but urgently necessary to share their deeply-held child-rearing philosophy with other parents.
Do you know who has even stronger opinions about child rearing? Kids. There is a story behind this Pera-Piña (Pineapple and Rice Drink).
It took me a long time to figure out that this wasn’t a drink my mom — a frugal woman if there was ever one — made up to get rid of pineapple peels and cores, just as she would find ways to use nearly everything this side of edible. I really, really believed we were the only ones drinking this.
Not that I didn’t like it, mind you, I loved it, but I thought my mom was using us as a garbage disposal of sorts. So I pretended I disliked it. Now I am sure that my mom wasn’t buying the act, an empty glass doesn’t really spell disgust.
Like any other child, I had strong opinions about what I was fed. “Do we have to eat fish again?” “Are beans really good for us? “Why can’t I have cake for lunch?” “So and So’s mom lets her eat what she wants, why can’t I?”
Eventually I came to appreciate my mom’s child rearing methods (and her food), even if I don’t agree with every choice she made. I now know that she loved us infinitely, and was doing what she thought was best for us. And no, cake is really not an acceptable meal.
Pera-piña in Spanish translates as “pear and pineapple”. In reality it does not contain pears. I suppose it got its name because its flavor and texture are reminiscent of pear juice.
Pera-Piña Recipe (Pineapple and Rice Juice)
- Peel and core of 1 pineapple
- 1/2 cup of rice
- 4 quart [4 lt] of water
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 1 cup of sugar (you may not use it all)
- Cut the pineapple into small pieces. Mix pineapple with rice and 2 quart [2 lt] of water in a large pot.
- Boil over low heat until the rice is very tender (about 20 minutes) and has tripled in size, adding water when necessary to maintain the same level.
- Let it cool to room temperature, add vanilla extract and blend until all the ingredients are liquified.
- Strain and discard the solids.
- Add sugar to taste. Serve chilled