Thursday, January 13, 2011

Pineapple fruit facts

Pineapple is also known as Pina, Nanas and Ananas which is the second most popular tropical fruit. Today, pineapple is the third of the world's production. Pineapple fruit should be harvested at the right time. It softens as it ripens but it does not get any sweeter after it has been picked.

Types of Pineapple fruit:
Smooth cayenne 
– Hawaii variety weights 3 to 5 pounds, pale yellow to yellow flesh.
Red Spanish
 – It looks like square, had tough cells suited for shipping, flesh is pale yellow.
Sugar loaf

– largest variety of pineapple, had white flesh, no woody core.
Golden Supreme – Contains lower acid, sweeter than other varieties, rich golden yellow flesh.

Nutritional facts:

  • Pineapple fruit is rich in vitamins, minerals, fiber and enzymes
  • It is good for the digestive system, helps in maintaining ideal weight and balanced nutrition.
  • It can be eaten raw or used in cooking.
  • It has minimal fat and sodium with no-cholesterol.
  • Pineapple fruit contains micro-nutrients which protects against cancer. It also breaks up blood clots and is beneficial to the heart.
  • Pineapple juice contains chemicals that stimulate the kidneys.
  • It helps to cure the healing of wounds due to injury or surgery.

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