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Learning more about pineapples

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We all enjoy the sweet and tastiness of a pineapple. In this blog, we will talk about the origin and history of pineapples as well as some health benefits and fun facts.

The Latin term for pineapple, “ananas comosus,” originally came from the word “guarani,” which means “fragrant and excellent fruit.”. Long before European explorers arrived, the native populations of these areas, such as the Guarani people, farmed and consumed pineapples. Pineapples are native to South America. The region of South America that stretches from southern Brazil to Paraguay and northeastern Argentina is said to be the origin of pineapples. From here, pineapples quickly spread around the continent up to Mexico and the West Indies, where Columbus found them when visiting Guadeloupe in 1493. Due to their similarity to pinecones, pineapples were named “piña” by Christopher Columbus when he first saw them in the Caribbean during his expeditions in the late 15th century. Eventually, the phrase changed to “pineapple” in English. Due to its scarcity and difficulty in growing outside of tropical climates, the fruit was first seen as a symbol of riches and luxury before it became popular in Europe in the 17th century. Over time, advancements in farming techniques resulted in increased accessibility and broader availability of pineapples for people across the globe.

Pineapple plants grow in Florida along the southeast and southwest coasts. You can stretch the zones a bit if you grow them with other plants or within a microclimate. For them to grow, they need a warm, frost-free environment with well-drained soil. Pineapples are rich in nutrients including vitamin C, vitamin B, manganese, and copper.

Pineapples are very good for our health:

  1. Promotes tissue healing
    – Pineapples contain an enzyme called bromelain that helps skin and tissues heal.
  2. Fights inflammation
    – The bromelain in pineapples has anti-inflammatory power to help reduce inflammation. It may possibly suppress the growth of certain tumors also.
  3. Aids in digestion
    – Pineapples contain a significant amount of fiber which is associated with better digestion.
  4. Assist with weight loss, weight management and hydration
    -Pineapples contain enzymes that might help with burning body fat. – They are low in calories and hence can be a part of a balanced diet for weight management. – They also contain a high water content which helps in keeping you hydrated.
  5. Assists with post-workout recovery
    – After a long and tiresome workout, your muscles are inflamed due to working hard, which therefore leads to soreness. However, eating pineapples might help you get back on track as it contains anti-inflammatory powers that can soothe the muscles and help them recover quicker.

Now for some fun facts about the pineapples we so love.

  1. A pineapple is neither a pine nor an apple, but a fruit consisting of many berries that have grown together.
  2. Pineapples were historically very useful on long boat trips. Eating pineapple prevents scurvy, and pineapple juice mixed with sand is a great cleaning agent for boats.
  3. Today, 75% of the world’s commercial pineapples come from Indonesia, Thailand, and the Philippines.
  4. It can take about two years for a pineapple plant to produce a pineapple fruit.

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