Pineapple

Mature pineapples have a very singular fragrance, a beautiful colour and pleasant bittersweet taste. It is eaten raw or as an ingredient in juices, preserves, liquors, etc. Both the fruit and the leaves are used to prepare medicinal compounds.

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The tropical or American pineapple (Ananas comosus) is the fruit obtained from the plant with the same name. It has an oval and bulky shape, approximately 30 cm long and 15 cm of diameter.

The edible flesh is surrounded by green bracts that turn into orange when ripe, which form the skin of the fruit. The bracts are clustered in the upper part of the fruit forming a tuft of leaves. Pineapples have yellow or white pulp, fleshy, aromatic, juicy and sweet. In the fruit there is a fibrous axis that extends from the crown to the pedicle.

The caloric content of pineapples is low, reason why it is suitable for slimming diets. It helps to digest and beneficial for people with gastritis or dyspepsia. It is a slightly laxative fruit and it regularizes the intestinal functions. This fruit activates the pancreatic function. It is rich in manganese, which is hardly found in the rest of fruit.

Mature pineapples have a very singular fragrance, a beautiful colour and pleasant bittersweet taste. It is eaten raw or as an ingredient in juices, preserves, liquors, etc. Both the fruit and the leaves are used to prepare medicinal compounds.

The American pineapple is usually eaten fresh, alone or in fruit salads. It is also used in pies and several dishes. Great part of the world-wide production is intended for the processing industry to obtain pineapple in syrup. They are also widely used to obtain juice, as raw material to process stewed fruit and jams. In the Chinese cooking it is a main ingredient combined with pork and duck.

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