Pineapple: Nutrition, Fun Facts & Recipe

Food & Dining

Pineapples are juicy, tropical fruits with both a tart and sweet flavor and is believed to have originated in the Brazilian rainforests.

Pineapple nutrition

Pineapples are particularly rich in vitamin C and manganese, and also contain trace amounts of phosphorus, zinc, calcium, and vitamins A and K.

Pineapples are also packed with antioxidants that help prevent oxidation in your body, which may help ward off inflammation that can lead to cancer and other chronic diseases.

Interestingly, this fruit contains a group of digestive enzymes called bromelain that may ease the digestion.

Bromelain also may reduce the inflammation, swelling, and discomfort that occurs after surgery. Its anti-inflammatory properties can aid recovery after strenuous exercise.

Here are three fun facts about pineapples:

  1. Pineapple symbolism signifies welcome and hospitality.
  2. Pineapples make a great meat tenderizer.
  3. Pineapple is good for relieving symptoms of nasal congestion.

Cooking with pineapple

Pineapple can be enjoyed fresh, but is also delicious frozen, grilled, or added to recipes. If the recipe doesn’t call for a whole pineapple, you can use half of a whole pineapple and juice or freeze the rest of the pineapple for later use.

This recipe for Hot and Spicy Pineapple Chunks from Caribbean Green Living is a quick and simple recipe to help add exotic flavors and spices to your barbeque, roasted or grilled poultry, or meat dishes. It is the perfect blend of sweet, tangy, and spicy ingredients. An all-in-one recipe that can be served as a salad, or a condiment.

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