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The Pineapple - A Perfectly Delicious Fruit

Updated on June 27, 2013

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What is a pineapple?

The pineapple, Ananas comosus, is the only edible member of the bromeliad family. It was discovered in 1493 by Europeans on the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe. Thriving in a tropical climate, it is now grown throughout the southern hemisphere.

The hard "shell" of the pineapple is actually clusters of flowers that have grown and fused together. The sweeter the smell and the heavier it is, the riper the pineapple is. The more scales it has, the juicier.

The edible part of the pineapple is the soft, juicy flesh between the core and scales. The base of the fruit is the sweetest and most tender. The pineapple is unique in that it immediately stops ripening when picked. The top can be cut off and planted, much like a sweet potato.

Health Benefits of the Pineapple

The pineapple - a perfect fruit - is really almost perfect.

§ High in manganese - Manganese is important for the development and maintenance of strong bones and connective tissue.

§ High in bromelain - Bromelain helps the body digest food better and aids in easing indigestion. Bromelain helps to rid the body of intestinal worms (yuck). It is also an anti-inflammatory agent, so it is good for those who suffer from osteoarthritis.

§ High in vitamin C - The high vitamin C content in pineapple reduces the amount of mucus in the throat in the same way oranges do. It discourages blood clot development and can relieve morning sickness in pregnant women. The acid content discourages plaque growth in the mouth.

§ Pineapple also contains calcium, potassium, fiber, folate, vitamin B6 and vitamin B1.

§ It tastes delicious, is low calorie and satisfies cravings for sweets. Pineapple tastes good raw, cooked, grilled or dipped in dark chocolate (yum).

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    Cindy A. Johnson 3 years ago from Sevierville, TN

    Thank you, younghopes. I love them, too. Appreciate your stopping by! :)

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    Shadaan Alam 3 years ago from India

    i love pineapples they are too good to have, loved this hub

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    Cindy A. Johnson 5 years ago from Sevierville, TN

    Thanks, Dancilla. Now that you mention it, now would be a good time to eat some pineapple!

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    Priscilla 5 years ago from El Paso

    I so love pineapple, it makes me want to have some pineapple now. Great hub. Voted up.

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    Cindy A. Johnson 5 years ago from Sevierville, TN

    Thanks, daniel. Pineapple is great!

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    danieltiley26 5 years ago from Amesbury, Wiltshire, U.K

    Such an original hub. I love pineapple!

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    Cindy A. Johnson 5 years ago from Sevierville, TN

    You're welcome, Felix!

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    Felixedet2000 5 years ago from The Universe

    thanks so much for the information.

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    Cindy A. Johnson 5 years ago from Sevierville, TN

    Thanks, tireless! I had no idea of all the benefits of pineapple either until I researched for this hub. Good to know something that tastes great is actually good for you.

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    Judy Specht 5 years ago from California

    Pineapples are delicious. Youngest son survived a three week trip to Africa by eating large quantities of pineapples. I was totally unaware of all the vitamins in pineapple. I am eating some as I write.

    An easily removed leaf off the crown of the pineapple indicates ripeness also.

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    Cindy A. Johnson 5 years ago from Sevierville, TN

    Thanks, Donna. I used to always have a hard time picking the best one, too. Now that I know how, it's awesome.

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    Donna Cosmato 5 years ago from USA

    This is excellent information especially the part about how to know which fresh pineapple will taste the sweetest. Choosing one is always the difficult part:) Voted up.

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    Cindy A. Johnson 5 years ago from Sevierville, TN

    You're welcome, drbj!

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    drbj and sherry 5 years ago from south Florida

    Thanks, Esme, for all this good information on pineapple. I love its taste and it's comforting to know that it is also a very healthy fruit. Thanks for the video, too.

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    Cindy A. Johnson 5 years ago from Sevierville, TN

    Thanks, formosangirl, nancy, smarty and gypsy! I love pineapple - can never have too much! Happy 2012!

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    Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

    Wonderful hub! I like to make cakes with pineapple chunks.

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    SmartyPens 5 years ago

    Great hub about this wonderful, tasty fruit, I like how you included the video too. Voted up!

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    Nancy Owens 5 years ago from USA

    I love fresh pineapple. This Hub helped me learn how to choose the best from the selection at the supermarket. Thank you for an interesting read. Voted up and useful.

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    formosangirl 5 years ago from Los Angeles

    I love pineapples. Informative hub. Will be eating more pineapples in 2012. Happy New Year!