TTROPICAL FRUIT - PINEAPPLE




PINEAPPLE  -  Non-Seasonal Tropical Fruit

The Pineapple is a tropical plant and is scientifically known as "Ananas Comosus', belonging to the Bromeliaceae family species. Apparently pineapple is originates from Paraguay in South America and went through a historical travel loop, taken along by traders on their journeys to supplement their needs for deficiency of vitamins when sailing.

Local pineapple plants can grow to a height of about 5 feet. The leaves have sharp cutting edges which spread outwards slanting away from the stem. The stem is short and stout. The formation of a pineapple is by fusion of multiple small fruits around the central core. Pineapple rind is real rough, tough and scaly, and turns yellow when ripe. The fruit size and weight varies, depending very much on on soil condition and specie.  The fruits are available all the year round.
 

The stem  which is in the centre of the pineapple fruit is also edible and is full of fibre, except that it's rather hard and not as sweet and juicy like the flesh portion. Sweet pineapples flesh are yellow and very looks very appealing. But not all pineapples are sweet as some are rather sour and can cause unpleasant itchy feelings on the tongue after eating them, probably because they are too acidic. The sour type has light yellow flesh and is less juicy. 

 

Fresh pineapples have the type of moist firm and shining rind, free from bruises and ugly dark spots. The fruit can continue to ripen by itself after being plucked from the plant and the pineapple rind turns yellowish when ripe. So it's wiser to choose pineapples which are slightly yellowish and they will ripen faster.

 

PINEAPPLE FRUIT NUTRITION

Fresh pineapples are very rich in minerals and multi vitamins. They are low in calories and free from saturated fats and cholesterol. Both the fruit stem and flesh are rich in dietary fibre, which are essentials for effective motivation of bowel moments in the body.

Pineapple contains enzymes that helps in digestion and breaking down protein.  Enzymes have properties of anti-inflammatory, anti-clotting and anti-cancer. Regular consumption of pineapple help to minimise attacks of arthritis, indigestion problems and worm infestation.

Other nutrients found present in pineapples are antioxidant vitamins, vitamin C and nutrients of vitamins B-complex group like thiamine, pyridoxine, and riboflavin.  Beta carotene and vitamin A are also present in pineapples. These nutrients are essentials replenishments for the body to fight against deficiency diseases, eliminating harmful radicals and for maintaining youthful skin, organs and strong bones.


Minerals like potassium, manganese, copper and calcium can also be obtained by eating pineapples.
Copper helps in synthesis of red blood cells, potassium regulates blood pressure and heart rates, manganese helps as a useful radical scavenger.


Preparation And Serving Pineapple

Pineapple fruit is nice and highly nutritious to eat, but preparation of the fruit for serving is rather tedious depending on the methods used.  The method of using pineapple 'corers' tool for peeling and coring the pineapple is fast but wasteful as a lot of the fleshy part is also cored away.  Slicing away the rind of the pineapple and manually removing all the 'eye' spots on the flesh is tedious and slow, but not so wasteful. 


Once the preparation and rinsing process is complete, use some table salts to rub over the flesh.  This will neutralise the acidity of the fruit.  The fruit can be served by itself on the table or complemented with other tropical fruits to create more varieties and colours. Hence, more enticing on the plate.  Pineapple juice is always a favourite and nutritious choice in drinks menu.

 

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