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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Trek the Volcanic Islands of the Azores


4. Insider’s Tip

Bring back gifts of Azorean pineapples from local markets.   

Azoreans take pride in their greenhouse-grown pineapples, which are more acidic and fragrant than North American variety. The fruits make ideal gifts, but make sure to ask for a pineapple that has a pre-clearance certificate issued by the food and drug administration in the Azores—only certified pineapples will be accepted by U.S. Customs upon entry. (You can also buy an FDA-certified fruit at the Ponta Delgada Airport.)

Published on Aug 26, 2010 as a web exclusive.

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