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Pineapple
The pineapple is native to southern Brazil. It was spread to the West Indies and there discovered by Columbus. Columbus took it to Spain and carried it in his ships to protect against scurvy. Pineapples are oval shaped, the fruit covered with a tough, waxy, fibrous exterior. Extending from the sharp, hard leaves is a fibrous core running down the length of the fruit. Pineapples are deliciously juicy and sweet. The fruit can weigh up to 4 kg. Pineapples are a good source of the enzyme bromelain - a natural anti-inflammatory. Whilst it is extremely good for the insides it can cause skin irritations.
ineapples will not ripen once picked, so select carefully and use your nose. Ripe pineapples give off a sweet, fresh, tropical smell. Avoid pineapples that give off an unpleasant odour or have any soft spots or areas of dark discolouration. Avoid green ones as they will not be sweet.
Pineapples can also be bought cut and cored - check for any brown discolouration indicating the fruit is fermenting. Use your nose as a guide to how sweet it is.
If you have a cold and can't smell the pineapple but want to eat it for its high Vitamin C content, to test for ripeness pull one of the green spiky leaves. If it can be removed easily from the crown it's ready.
Category: Fruit
In Season: Spring Summer
To Buy:
Pineapples will not ripen once picked, so select carefully and use your nose. Ripe pineapples give off a sweet, fresh, tropical smell. Avoid pineapples that give off an unpleasant odour or have any soft spots or areas of dark discolouration. Avoid green ones as they will not be sweet. Pineapples can also be bought cut and cored - check for any brown discolouration indicating the fruit is fermenting. Use your nose as a guide to how sweet it is.
To Store:
Store whole in the refrigerator for 3 days in a plastic bag or peeled for up to 5 days. For longer storage, the fruit may be frozen; just remove the rind and core and cut the fruit into chunks.
Tips & Tricks:
If you have a cold and can't smell the pineapple but want to eat it for its high Vitamin C content, to test for ripeness pull one of the green spiky leaves. If it can be removed easily from the crown it's ready. To maximise the efficiency of the anti-inflammatory enzyme bromelain in the pineapple, it should be eaten on an empty stomach between meals.
Cooking Tips:
Fresh, chilled pineapple served with mint salsa (see recipe) and topped with shavings of fresh coconut (or, for those not concerned with their weight, coconut icecream). YUM!

Nutrition per 1 Cup:

Weight (grams):
164
Carbohydrates, g:
13.1
Fibre, g:
Fat (g):
0.2
Monosaturated Fat , g:
0.0
Potassium:
Salicylates:
Very high
Energy (kJ):
287
Moderate GI 55 - 70:
Protein (g):
1.6
Saturated Fat, g :
0.0
Vitamin C:
Amines:
High
Glutamates:
n/a

Benefits the Following Health Conditions:*

Arthritis
Gout
Intestinal Worms & Parasites
Cold and Flus
Indigestion
Digestive Disorders
Inflammation

* This information is sourced by a qualified naturopath. It is non prescriptive and not intended as a cure for the condition. Recommended intake is not provided. It is no substitute for the advice and treatment of a professional practitioner.





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