The humble pineapple is set to make a return. But there’s more to this fantastic fruit than making beer. Pineapples are packed with vitamins and this makes them the best way to get your daily dose. It is not surprising then, that the humble pineapple is unique to other fruits. The pineapple plant itself is drought resistant and can grow about 3 meters tall. The fruit which can weigh as much as 4kgs is both tart and sweet is surrounded by a tough spiky skin.
Pineapples are more than just a delicious tropical fruit they also have a number of significant health benefits. In fact, a pineapple is so healthy that it is classified as a superfood. Here are some of the health benefits of eating pineapples regularly:
Pineapple and Vitamin C
Just one single cup of pineapple contains your daily recommendation of vitamin C intake. Vitamin C protects against inflammation and infections. This is great especially for those boosting immune systems ahead of winter.
The ultimate weight-loss tool
Pineapple is low in calories which makes it a great health-conscious snack for those trying to lose weight. And, due to its high fiber content, a pineapple snack will also leave you feeling more satisfied for longer. This is something you won’t easily get from other snacks. Pineapples are best paired with nuts for a filling mid-morning snack. Alternatively, add pineapple to rice at dinner time for a little tropical feel. Pineapples are also great for managing cravings because they offer a sweetness that other fruits could lack.
The high fiber content of pineapple aids in the body’s digestive process. Along with this pineapples are also a natural anti-inflammatory and this makes them great for fighting off the symptoms of colds and flu such as a sore throat.
Vitamin C is not the only good thing about pineapples. These delicious tropical treats also contain calcium and manganese. Both minerals are essential in creating and maintaining strong bones and healthy tissue.
Unlike other imported fruits, pineapples are available all-year round either in their fresh or canned forms. Both are equally healthy and this makes them the perfect anytime snack.
A favourite with the kids
Children love fun foods and what could be more fun than a pineapple. Pineapples cut unto chunks or rings make for great finger foods for the little ones. Pineapple is also a great addition for any school lunch box.
Pineapple fun facts
- The pineapple was first discovered in 1493 by Christopher Columbus in the Caribbean.
- Pineapples were thought of as a luxury treat due to its rarity.
- The pineapple fruit is the direct result of hundreds of flowers which created fruitlets around a core.
- Historically the world’s largest producer of pineapples has been Hawaii.
- For a softer and juicier pineapple, leave the fruit at room temperature for a day or two before cutting.
Using a pineapple
Check out these amazing recipes featuring the amazing pineapple:
Pineapple Upside-Down Pancakes – Proof that syrup improves literally everything, even pancakes.
Pineapple Piña Colada Pie in a Jar – Cool down while being transported to the tropics with layers of buttery cracker crust, pineapple, and whipped cream cheese.
Hawaiian Cheesecake Bites – Decadent mini cheesecakes with pineapple on a pecan crust and topped with sweetened coconut flakes. So good, so easy and perfect for a crowd!