Pinecone or Pineapple?

September 03, 2015

Pinecone or Pineapple?

True or false…

Pineapple is originally from Brazil in South America, not Hawaii.

Christopher Columbus and his crew were most likely the first people from Europe to taste pineapple.

Pineapple used to be the word for pinecone, but changed in 1694: (1)

Believe it or not, those are all true facts. When Christopher Columbus and his crews went to South America, they came across the fruit and imported it back to Europe. Here the fruit was cultivated in hot houses and became available to the rich. Even George Washington grew pineapple in his hot house. Later on sailors would bring home the pineapple and display it on their porch, meaning they were home and welcomed visitors. (2) The pineapple became a symbol of friendship.

And still no one knows when the first pineapple arrived in Hawaii, where the fruit was called halakahiki, meaning foreign fruit.2)

The vibrant tropical flavor of a pineapple is a mixture of sweet and tart. The closer the fruit to the base of the pineapple, the sweeter it tastes and the more sugar it has. A pineapple does not only taste good, but its also good for you!

Pineapple contains vitamin C, manganese, cooper, vitamin B6, Vitamin B1, fiber, folate, and pantothenic acid. These vitamins and minerals should be apart of your daily intake.

Digestion

Pineapple can actually help with your digestion and stomach. The fruit is high in fiber and water and therefore helps your digestion. It helps prevent constipation and regularity in your system. This creates a healthy digestive tract.

Healing

Bromelain is an enzyme found in pineapples, which can actually help you heal. Studies have shown that bromelain can help reduce swelling, bruising, healing time, and pain associated with injuries and surgeries. As a matter of fact pineapple is being used to help tendinitis, sprains, strains, and other minor muscle injuries.(3) So if you tweaked a muscle and don’t know what to do, try eating pineapple to help aid your recovery.

Asthma Prevention

Beta-carotene is one of the nutrients that can help lower your chances of developing asthma. When you increase your intake of these nutrients, such as beta-carotene, you lower your chances. Pineapple, papaya, mangoes, cantaloupe, pumpkin, and carrots all contain beta-carotene and can help you prevent asthma.

Enjoy pineapple just cut up, in smoothies, or in your food.

In the summer what’s better than delicious, vibrant, Pineapple salsa?

All you need is distilled vinegar, Mexican oregano, sugar, jalapeno pepper, a red onion, a pineapple, and some kosher salt. All you have to do is combine the ingredients and refrigerate for at least thirty minutes and it’s ready to enjoy. For specific measurements visit http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/marcela-valladolid/pickled-pineapple-salsa-recipe.html .

Resources
  1. http://www.kitchenproject.com/history/Pineapple/#MoreFacts
  2. http://www.dole-plantation.com/history-of-the-pineapple
  3. http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/276903.php

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