Fruit of the Week - Pineapple
to cut this explanation short I have decided to start a little project where I will pick a fruit and write a bit about it with awesome facts and stuff so yeah enjoy, if you like the idea do tell me!
"The pineapple Ananas comosus) is a tropical plant with edible multiple fruit consisting of coalesced berries"
Pineapple is a herbaceous perennial plant which grows to about 1-1.5 metres. The plant produces up to around 200 flowers, once the pineapple plant flowers the individual fruits of the flowers join together to create the “pineapple”. After the fruit is produced, it produces side shooters (also known as suckers) which is on the top of the pineapple, these can be replanted at home and if all goes well i pineapple can be grown in 30 months if the flowers are pollinated! Pineapple is mainly grown in hot tropical countries.
Pineapple is an excellent source of manganese (76% RDA in 1 cup raw) and also Vitamin C (131% RDA in 1 cup raw). Pineapple also helps break down proteins. In 100g raw, pineapple has 50 calories, 13g carbs, 10g sugar, 1.4g fiber, 0 fat and 0.5g protein! It also contains vitamins like B6, B1, Folate and many more.
Cooking and Eating
Pineapple can be eaten raw, grilled or canned. It is also sometimes used in sauces like sweet and sour sauce and can easily be juiced. Pineapple requires “peeling” which involves cutting the outer skin off with the knife and removing the suckles. Unripe pineapple can make your tongue sting and twist so make sure you’re pineapple is extra ripe before eating it, it should be soft and some varieties will get a hint or red or brown in the bottom part.
Pineapples are mainly in season from November till February however they are easily accessible any time of the year
Origin and Growth
The plant originated in South America, it is thought of to be somewhere between Brazil and Paraguay. Currently Philippines grow the most pineapple, producing 2198 kilo tonnes of pineapple per year! Closely Followed by Thailand and Costa Rica who grow 1880 kilo tonnes. Other countries that are large producers of pineapple are Indonesia, Chile, Brazil, Indian, Nigeria, Mexico, Vietnam Colombia and Malaysia.
- Pineapples are great for when you have a cold!
- In the olden days pineapples were kept on ships to ward off scurvy in sailors!
- Eating Pineapples can make you sweeter, if you know what I mean ;)
- Despite contrary belief there in fact is no sponge that lives in a pineapple under the sea as good pineapples float!