Eat Local: Pineapple

 Photo by  Sheba Augustine  creator of  @GrenadaSoulAdventurer  

Did you know that the pineapple is the universal symbol of hospitality?

Pineapples scientifically known as Ananas Comosus, are deliciously juicy, sweet yet also tart. Found mostly in Latin America, the Caribbean and West Africa with Costa Rica topping the list of pineapple producing countries. Pineapples are a composite of many flowers whose individual fruitlets fuse together around a central core. Each fruitlet can be identified by an "eye," the rough spiny marking on the pineapple's surface. 

The flesh and juice of the pineapple are used in cuisines around the world. It is a favourite of many; Sheba from our last blog post also mentioned pineapple as one of her favourite fruits. We love pineapple because we can use every single part of it. We eat the flesh (yummmm!), make juice with the skin by boiling on a low heat for 10-15 mins, and we plant the tops to grow new pineapple plants. 

 

HEALTH BENEFITS: 

  • Asthma prevention: The risks for developing asthma are lower in people who consume a high amount of certain nutrients. One of these nutrients is beta-carotene, found in plant foods like pineapple.

  • As an excellent source of the strong antioxidant - vitamin C, pineapples can help combat the formation of free radicals known to cause cancer.
  • Pineapples, because of their fiber and water content, help to prevent constipation and promote regularity and a healthy digestive tract.

  • Antioxidant-rich diets have been shown to improve fertility. The antioxidants in pineapple, such as vitamin C and beta-carotene, and the vitamins and minerals copper, zinc, and folate have properties that affect both male and female fertility.

  • The fiber, potassium, and vitamin C content in pineapple all support heart health.

  • Fresh pineapple is the only known source of an enzyme called bromelain, which may alleviate joint pain and arthritis, reduce inflammation, inhibit tumor growth, and shorten recovery time following surgery. 

This fruit is not only delicious but also packed with nutrients and many different health benefits. We're in luck because you can find pineapples everywhere in Grenada right now, so pick up one today and enjoy!

  

WE FOUND A LIST OF 38 PINEAPPLE RECIPES, GIVE IT A TRY AND LET US KNOW WHAT YOU THINK!