Pineapple

Summary

Pineapple is considered a tropical fruit. This delicious fruit is commonly associated with sunshine and relaxation. The fruit is very popular and consumed all over the world, and its sweet taste appeals to young and old alike. Pineapple also has the advantage of being available on the shelves all year round, thanks to progress in agriculture and transportation.
The word pineapple comes from the Tupi language “ybá + kati” which means “smelling fruit”. It is also known as ananas, words that come from the Amerindian language “nana nana”, which means “perfume”. In fact, in addition to its sweet taste, this fruit can diffuse an exquisite aroma, especially when it is ripe.
Upon landing on Guadeloupe in 1493, Columbus was greeted by the locals with a slice of pineapple as a welcome gift. They offered it to navigators so that they could feed themselves after their long journey at sea.

Associated with sport and leisure, pineapple is essential in our diet, as it has important nutritional and therapeutic properties. It is quite rich in manganese and also contains bromelain, which is an ally in digestion. It is present in every kitchen in the world and today there are thousands of recipes with pineapple.

The countries of origin of pineapple are mainly Brazil and Paraguay. Its scientific name is Ananas comosus . From a botanical point of view, pineapple is not a fruit, but a mixture of fruits that form after the flowers unite on the spike. For botany, each “eye” is a distinct fruit.

main nutrients

Nutrients (effects and potential medical indications)Amount per 100 grams of raw pineapple 

 

Vitamin C (antioxidant, stimulates our body’s defenses)15,4 mg
Potassium (muscle disorders, hypertension )113 mg
Calcium (fundamental in bone and dental formation)15 mg 

 

Magnesium (prevents stress , fatigue, cardiovascular disease and some female disorders)14 mg 

 

Other nutrients: phosphorus , manganese , sodium , iron , vitamins A , B1 , B2 , B3 , B5 , 

B6 , B9 , B12 , E

in smaller quantities 

 

number of calories

– It is estimated that there are about 49 kcal in 100 g of raw pineapple, against 60 kcal of canned pineapple and 53 kcal of concentrated pineapple juice.

Pineapple-based dishes and drinks

– Fruits (to be consumed directly)

– In desserts such as ice cream, cakes, pies, pancakes, waffles or fruit salads.

– Accompaniment to various savory dishes with fish and meat.

– Like juice, beer, cocktail or alcoholic beverage.

– In dry form, jam or jelly.

– In different recipes, such as pineapple chicken.

Nutritional and health importance

– The fruit is rich in bromelain, an enzyme that releases amino acids contained in protein molecules. This leads to beneficial effects on the cardiovascular and circulatory system. In addition to its ability to aid digestion, pineapple has beneficial effects on tumors, inflammation and edema.
– Extremely nutritious, pineapple is recommended for convalescent and anemic people. It is an important source of vitamin C, useful for keeping teeth, gums, bones and cartilage healthy. It also stimulates healing, protecting against infections and speeds up the absorption of iron from vegetables.
– Pineapple contains vitamin B1, which promotes nervous system activity, including memory stimulation and different brain functions.
– Those who want to lose weight can include pineapple in their diet, exploring the detoxifying power of fruits.
– In the cosmetic field, pineapple is used against acne. A piece of pineapple rubbed on the skin removes the greasy film from the epidermis and neutralizes fatty acids.
– Rich in water and sugar, athletes are recommended to include the fruit in their diet due to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

– Contrary to popular belief and the media, pineapple has no effect on fat consumption and does not cause weight loss.

– Pineapple has several minerals such as phosphorus, sodium, manganese and small amount of potassium.

– Pineapple is part of the histamine-releasing foods. Its consumption, therefore, is not recommended for people with a tendency to allergic reactions, such as hives, for example.

Simple recipe to prepare

Pineapple Chicken (serves 6)

Ingredients:

– 1.5 kg of chicken

– 2 spoons of margarine, butter or cooking oil.

– 2 cups of pineapple in pieces.

– Salt to taste

Preparation:

– Wash and cut the chicken into portions. Season with salt.

– Brown the chicken in margarine, butter or cooking oil.

– Cover and cook over low heat until tender (about 20 minutes).

– Remove the fat from the pan and add pieces of pineapple.

– Cook uncovered over low heat for 5 minutes, taking care to water the chicken occasionally in its juices.

You can serve it with vegetables, rice, sweet potatoes or yams.

Also Read: Pineapple Juice

good nutrition advice

– We advise you to eat fresh pineapple whenever possible. In fact, bromelain is not found in pineapple juices, jams or jellies.

– A thick slice of pineapple weighing 150 g can provide up to 25% of an individual’s vitamin C, provided they are eaten ripe. Athletes, children and adults should regularly include it in their diet.

Interesting facts about pineapple

– About 18 million tons of pineapple are produced annually in the world. The main producing countries of this exotic fruit are Thailand and the Philippines, each with 12% of world production. Costa Rica dominates the fresh pineapple export market with 66%, which means more than 1.5 million tonnes of pineapple exported in 2009. Africa is also an important exporting region with South Africa, Ivory Coast, Ghana and Cameroon. South and Central America are also well represented with Brazil, Costa Rica, Mexico, Honduras and Ecuador among the top producers.

– Although there are six pineapple groups, the “Smooth Cayenne” variety represents 95% of industrialized products and 70% of world production. “Gold Hawaiian” is less acidic and sweeter than “Smooth Cayenne”, and this explains its increasing popularity, especially when consumed fresh. Finally, the “Victoria”, grown in Mauritius and Reunion, offers tastier meat. But it is rare and therefore very expensive.

– Pineapple juice is recommended to tenderize the meat. It is not appropriate in desserts that contain gelatin.

See also our page on pineapple and its medicinal properties.

Jeanne Kenney
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