Pineapples are a great and inexpensive fruit to buy along the Oaxaca coast. You can purchase one pineapple in the market for only $20 pesos…that’s only $1.30 in Canada!
Pineapples are members of the bromeliad family. Did you know that it is the only edible fruit of this family? It is rare that bromeliads produce edible fruit…but what delicious fruit it is!
What is more interesting is that pineapples are actually a multiple fruit made up of dozens of individual flowerets that grow together forming the entire unit. Each scale of a pineapple shows its’ separate flower.
As soon as a pineapple is picked they stop ripening. You cannot choose your perfect pineapple by color, but must choose by smell. If it smells fresh, sweet and tropical, it is ready and will be perfect. One important tip is that the more scales on the pineapple, the sweeter and juicier the taste.
Pineapple is a remarkable fruit with many health benefits including easing indigestion, arthritis and sinusitis. Pineapple juice has an anthelmintic effect; it helps get rid of intestinal worms.
Pineapple is very high in manganese, a mineral critical to development of strong bones and connective tissue. A cup of fresh pineapple will give you nearly 75% of the recommended daily amount. This is particularly beneficial to older adults, whose bones tend to become brittle with age.
Bromelain, a proteolytic enzyme, is the key to pineapple’s value. Proteolytic means “breaks down protein”, which is why pineapple is known to be an effective digestive aid. It helps the body digest proteins more efficiently.
Bromelain is also considered an effective anti-inflammatory. Regular daily ingestion of one half cup of fresh pineapple will relieve painful joints common to osteoarthritis.
Fresh pineapple is not only high in vitamin C but its’ bromelain also reduces mucuous in the throat in this vitamin, but because of the Bromelain. People who regularly eat fresh pineapple report fewer sinus problems related to allergies.
Pineapple has been known to reduce and discourage blood clot development, is used to treat morning sickness and discourage plaque growth in the teeth.
Pineapple is a very interesting and health beneficial fruit – try some today!