Everything You never needed to Know about Pineapple Fruit

Is Pineapple native to Hawaii

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Did you know that pineapple fruit is not actually from Hawaii? Everybody thinks of it as a Hawaiian fruit but it's not. Well at least it wasn't before it was because pineapple is not native to the Hawaiian Islands  

A quick history of the pineapple

The actual scientific name is Ananas comosus and its a herbaceous perennial (its roots survive and it grows back), The pineapple fruit is actually native to South America. In 1493 Christopher Columbus like a lot of things got credit for discovering pineapple on the Guadeloupe Island in the Caribbean. He gave it the name piña de Indes,  which means pine of the Indians

The native indians referred to it as “excellent fruit” in their language it was “nanã”. It was not renamed pineapple or pinappel Until around the middle of the 16 hundreds.

 

Nutrients in Pineapple

1 cup of pinapple has 82 calories 0.2g fat, 22g carbohydrate, 0.9 g protein.

The pineapple is made up of mostly water (86%) and carbohydrates(13%), with very little fat. It has nutrients, vitamins, and minerals, pineapple is rich in copper, potassium, calcium, magnesium, manganese, vitamin C, thiamin, B6, beta-carotene, and folate as well as soluble and insoluble fiber and bromelain.

 

Fun facts about pineapple

 

  • You wouldn't believe how long it takes for a pineapple to grow and reach maturity-its up to 2 years.

 

  • You may be eating the Pineapple, but it's also eating you. Pineapple contains bromelain which is an enzyme that actually eats you, it breaks down meat. It's actually used to tenderize meat.

 

  • In the 1700 pineapples cost as much as $8,000 in American Colonies (in today's money) due to being extremely hard to get. Pineapples were used as art pieces are today-to show off how rich you are. Instead of eating them they would be shown off for as long as possible before consuming.

 

  • Since normal people could not afford the cost of pineapple there were services that would rent you a pineapple before they sold it for consumption.

 

  • Pineapples are a cluster of fruitlets The hundreds of fruitlets of a pineapple are arranged in two interlocking spirals, eight spirals in one direction, thirteen going in the other direction creating a natural Fibonacci number pattern

 

  • The difference in color of a pineapple has nothing to do with how ripe it is but instead where it was grown.

 

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  • Captain James Cook brought pineapple to  Hawaii in 1770. Even though we think of Hawaii as being a big producer of pineapple, this simply isn't true. The biggest producers of pineapple are the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Costa Rica, and Brazil

 

 

  • Short on pumpkins or just want to be different? Pineapples are awesome for Jackolaterns

 

  • Pineapples actually grow berries from their flowers they can range in bright colors 

 

  • The pineapple actually looks like a Pinecone while it's growing before it's picked

What helps pineapple tongue

Saltwater can neutralize the pineapple rinsing your mouth with alcohol or mouthwash has proven to be helpful as well

 

Does canned pineapple have bromelain

Unfortunately, the canning process destroys the enzyme bromelain,  so no canned pineapple does not contain bromelain

 

What is the green, leafy top of a pineapple called? Just like your head it’s called a crown.

 

Are Pineapples apples

Nope, they are actually a group of hundreds of fruitlets that have formed together to make this amazing fruits.

 

Famous People and Pineapple

George Washington Considered pineapple to be his favorite tropical fruit

                       Cheech and Chong’s Tommy Chong dressed up as a Pineapple on The Masked Singer

                                                                       Iceland's President Guðni Th. Jóhannesson talked to a group of high school students he said he w0uldn't mind banning the food entirely.

Gordon Ramsay: "You Don't Put Pineapple on a F**king Pizza!"  

 

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The great Pineapple Pizza debate is Solved: Pineapple Belongs on Pizza

Does pineapple belong on Pizza? Some will fight this to the death

Public Policy Polling published results on the issue of pineapple on pizza. THe question. "Do you approve or disapprove of having pineapple as a pizza topping?" And Finally we have it more people like Pineapple on Pizza than those who don’t. 47% of those surveyed said they approve of pineapple on pizza, while 32% disapprove. And, 20% just aren't sure how to feel. The results are final as long as we  keep the electoral college out of this.
Pizza with pineapple

Too Much Pineapple is a bad thing

 

Like a lot of things, eating too much pineapple can actually be bad for you for a few reasons.

1) if you have too much vitamin C  (pineapple has a lot of) you could get diarrhea, vomiting nausea, heartburn, and abdominal pain. In addition, high amounts of bromelain can cause rashes and menstrual bleeding according to the University of Maryland

 

There is also a warning if you are taking medication such as blood thinners, anticoagulants, antibiotics, barbiturates, insomnia drugs, and benzodiazepines it is recommended that you do not eat too much pineapple as it may interact with these medications.

 

According to live science eating unripe pineapple or drinking unripe pineapple juice is actually dangerous and toxic it can lead to severe diarrhea and vomit. They also say not eat very much of the core, pineapple cores can cause fiber balls to form in the digestive tract

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