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The Wonderful Pineapple - Benefits of Pineapple

Updated on November 12, 2013
A young pineapple in Puerto Rico
A young pineapple in Puerto Rico | Source

A ripe pineapple and its cross section
A ripe pineapple and its cross section | Source

How to Prepare a Pineapple for Consumption

Northeast United States has been in the grip of a ferocious heat wave which shows no signs of abating after so many weeks. Many people lose their appetite in the heat. To keep up your strength and support your health, it is a good idea to eat lots of cooling fruits.


See how to prepare pineapple beautifully

Pineapple has to be the most delicious and healthful fruit, in my humble opinion. It is also quite pretty in its prickly coat of green or gold. But cutting off that coat to prepare it for consumption is an art in itself. I have never seen it cut so artistically or frugally as in Malaysia, Thailand and other countries in Southeast Asia. There is no waste of the edible part of the fruit when it is done well. This video shows the art of pineapple preparation.


Most skillful way to peel a pineapple

Is the pineapple ripe?

A ripe pineapple is bright gold on the skin’s eyes around the base, although a green one may be ripe as well. The color of the pineapple depends on the amount of sunshine, and the color does not really matter. Thankfully there are other tests for ripeness. If overripe, the skin is reddish bronze and wrinkled. The fruit ripens from the stem end, so that is the ripest. part. The higher up the yellow goes, the more evenly ripe is the pineapple. A pineapple does not ripen more than when harvested, but it may bruise or rot in transit.

There should be a slight pleasant aroma. If it smells vinegary or acetone, it is beginning to rot. The skin should feel firm, not mushy, which suggests deterioration. If it is withered, with brown withered leaves, cracks, mould, and juice leakage, the pineapple is as near rotten as it can get. Chop it up for the compost!


Usefulness of the pineapple

Although pineapple is absolutely scrumptious eaten raw as is, it is also used in a vast array of foodstuff like yogurt, jam, salad, juice, smoothie or cake, as in the ubiquitous pineapple upside down cake. In the Philippines its leaves are made into a textile called pina. It is also a component of wallpaper and furnishings.



Pineapple Salsa

Pineapple salsa.
Pineapple salsa. | Source

Pineapple Recipes

Here are a couple of recipes for the hot weather you're sure to like:

Pineapple & Jalapeno Salsa - from Eating Well.com

Ingredients
1 small ripe pineapple
1/4 cup minced scallions
3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
3 tablespoons lime juice
2 tablespoon minced fresh jalapeño pepper (about 1 large)
1 tablespoon canola oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground pepper to taste

Preparation
Cut the top and skin off pineapple, remove the eyes and core. Finely dice the pineapple (you will have about 4 cups diced pineapple) and place in a medium bowl. Add scallions, cilantro, lime juice, jalapeno and oil. Toss to mix. Season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate for about 1 hour to allow flavors to blend.

This salsa is an excellent complement to fish such as halibut, tuna and salmon.
Nutrition
Per 1/4-cup serving: 30 calories; 1 g fat ( 0 g sat , 1 g mono ); 0 mg cholesterol; 6 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 0 g protein; 1 g fiber; 37 mg sodium; 56 mg potassium.


Strawberry-Pineapple Sundae

4 servings

Active Time:15 minutes

Total Time:30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh strawberries
  • 1 8-ounce can pineapple chunks, juice drained
  • 1/2 cup strawberry jam, preferably “all-fruit”
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 cups nonfat vanilla frozen yogurt
  • Mint sprigs, for garnish (optional)


Preparation

  1. Pull green tops off strawberries. Slice the strawberries and put half in a small saucepan. Add pineapple chunks, jam and lemon juice. Bring to a simmer over medium heat and cook, stirring occasionally, until the strawberries are soft, about 5 minutes. Carefully stir in the remaining strawberries (the sauce will be very hot). Set aside to cool.
  2. To serve, spoon most of the sauce into 4 ice cream dishes and top with scoops of frozen yogurt. Spoon the remaining sauce on top. Garnish with mint sprigs if desired.

Nutrition

Per serving: 181 calories; 0 g fat ( 0 g sat , 0 g mono ); 0 mg cholesterol; 44 g carbohydrates; 4 g protein; 4 g fiber; 46 mg sodium; 291 mg potassium.

Sophia Loren, a pineapple lover.

Famous pineapple lovers:  Sophia Loren in her 70's - she eats a pineapple every day.
Famous pineapple lovers: Sophia Loren in her 70's - she eats a pineapple every day. | Source

Health benefits of pineapple.
Pineapple is of the bromeliad family, and from its stem is extracted bromelain, an enzyme that aids digestion by breaking down protein. It is an anti-inflammatory and a general health supplement. It breaks down fibrin, which clots blood, thus preventing strokes, heart attacks and circulatory problems. Bromelain prevents bruising, swelling and redness in wounds, helping them heal.
As an aid in asthma, it thins mucus which clogs bronchial tubes, so helping in freeing the airways.
Bromelain is contained throughout the fruit, but the ingested enzyme probably does not survive the proteolytic process of digestion. Hence only the supplement, from the stem, is useful as a health aid.
Pineapple is one of the fruits that do not contain pesticide residue and is a fruit not known to be allergenic. It is often used in a hypoallergenic diet.

Before the days of fast transport, when pineapples degraded very quickly, it was a status symbol for a hostess to display a pineapple in her home.

How to grow your own pineapple

You can grow your own pineapple in your garden or in a container garden in your apartment. This video shows you how.


You can also plant the crown straight into a pot of soil instead of rooting it in water first, as shown in the video.

Growing from a crown takes the plant longer to flower and fruit. You could grow the plants from suckers too. Plants grown in early spring produce flowers earlier than those grown in early autumn. From suckers, you can expect flowers in 16 months, and from crowns, 28 months. The developing fruit will take another 6 months to mature. The following video shows propagating pineapple with suckers.

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      quicksand 4 years ago

      Voted up and interesting! (This article)

      Delicious and a great thirst quencher too! (The fruit)

      Cheers!

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      Emily Blaubberhaus 4 years ago

      Thanks for all the info-- pineapples are my favorite fruits!!

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      mizjo 4 years ago from New York City, NY

      Hello, Quicksand, thanks for the visit and the vote. Yes, this is my very own favorite fruit.

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      mizjo 4 years ago from New York City, NY

      You're welcome. Happy to meet a fellow pineapple lover.

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      Christina Lornemark 4 years ago from Sweden

      There are so much useful information in this hub and the video about how to peel a pineapple is really fantastic. I had no idea and even if it looks simple I don't think it is. Amazingly skillful! Pineapple is very tasty and it is good to know they are healthy also. Thanks for the recipes! voted up, useful, interesting

      Tina

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      mizjo 4 years ago from New York City, NY

      Long time no see, Tina. It's always a pleasure! Yes the pineapple is a very special fruit. If you were anywhere in New York City I would show you how the peeling is done. I love doing it.

      Thanks for the visit and the votes.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for sharing with us the wonderful world of pineapples. Signed, a pineapple lover

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      mizjo 4 years ago from New York City, NY

      Mhatter, how nice to see you again, fellow pineapple lover. Shall we be getting a limerick soon about this fruit?

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      Girish puri 4 years ago from NCR , INDIA

      Amazing Pineapple, a special fruit, this is real tasty and i like pineapple in curd, useful hub, thanks

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      mizjo 4 years ago from New York City, NY

      Hi, Girishpuri, thanks for visiting. Yes, the pineapple is much liked by a lot of people (most people, I think).

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      A fantastic tribute to the pineapple. I would love to have a pineapple tree in my backyard! Well done! :)

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      mizjo 4 years ago from New York City, NY

      Thank you, Sunshine. Good to see you. It's really easy to grow, and do keep me posted on your plant's progress (this means you'll have to get it started, ha ha).

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      My favorite fruit, Mizjo! I will eat more. Thanks for sharing, voted up and away!

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      mizjo 4 years ago from New York City, NY

      One of my favorites, too, Michelle. And it's only about RM 2.00 in KL. Thanks for the visit and vote!

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      Om Paramapoonya 4 years ago

      I'm a pineapple lover, too! I really like your pineapple jalapeno salsa recipe. Can't wait to give it a try. :)

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      mizjo 4 years ago from New York City, NY

      Hello, Om, bet you'll love the blended flavors - sweet, sour, spicy. Very Asian.

      Thank you for visiting.

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      Pavlo Badovskyi 4 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine

      Here in Ukraine pineapple is such an exotic thing!! Of course the do not grow here and those sold in the shops are small and expensive. It was interesting to read about it. Hope to see how it grows some day... Shared

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      mizjo 4 years ago from New York City, NY

      Hello, Pavlo, the pineapple in Malaysia is very cheap, plentiful and delightfully sweet. It is not harvested till it is ripe, and that makes the difference in taste. Here in New York it is imported from thousands of miles away, and it is not ripe when harvested. Also, unfortunately, they may not be grown organically. When I googled the question, I could not get a straight answer from any website.

      GMO, think the big agrichemical companies, is the golden key to their exploding bank vaults. It is so hard to escape from GMO foods. If I had the land, and the sunshine I would grow my own pineapples and vegetables.

      Thanks for the visit and especially the Share.

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Brilliantly written,and so interesting .

      Thanks for creating this gem which is also so useful.

      Enjoy your day.

      Eddy.

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      mizjo 4 years ago from New York City, NY

      Thanks, Eddy. Glad you enjoyed it. You have a good day too.

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      Sleepylog 4 years ago from Australia

      Brilliant hub! Thank you so much for posting this. I can't wait to go out and buy a pineapple now just to try to cut it like the young woman does in the video. She makes it looks so easy :)

      I suffer with indigestion at times and usually have a glass of lemon juice before a meal to prevent that. Pineapple would be much more pleasant I think, so I'll give it a go.

      Voted up, rated and and shared on Twitter, Pinterest and StumbleUpon.

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      mizjo 4 years ago from New York City, NY

      Sleepylog (I love it) thanks for reading and the comments and especially the share.

      What a pleasant way to take care of indigestion, with a scrumptious wedge of pineapple.

      Have a nice summer day. (It's winter here. I know you prefer the cold, but enjoy your sunshine for me!)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE pineapple. I have a serious weakness for that stuff. Now my mouth is watering! I'd also like to say welcome to HubPages. You're off to a fabulous start and I wish you luck in your journey here! Great hub! Sharing, tweeting and sharing some more. :)

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      mizjo 4 years ago from New York City, NY

      Oh, Cyndi, so do I. You should try it with a some salt rubbed on with an open half of a hot chili. Oh my!

      Thanks for the visit, the nice comments and the lovely shares.

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      Sara 4 years ago from Pakistan

      Great hub! thanks for sharing :)

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      mizjo 4 years ago from New York City, NY

      You're welcome. Thanks for visiting, and for the follow. Have a wonderful day.

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