“Nana”, translated: “the precious fruit”, the pineapple was called by the Indians. It is low in calories, rich in vitamins and minerals.

It is thought that the pineapple originally from South America. Meanwhile, it is cultivated in all tropical and subtropical areas. The pineapple plant needs to thrive much sun and constant temperatures of around 30 degrees. In Europe, they can only be kept in the greenhouse, since it is sensitive to cold and wind.

The pineapple plant

The pineapple plant is one of the bromeliad plants. Its leaves, which have small spines on the edge, can be up to one meter long and grow as a rosette, in the center forms the actual pineapple fruit. From an umbel, small berries that grow together and at the end of which only the scaly-looking, hard outer skin is to see develop. The pineapple is crowned at the top with a rosette of leaves, the hobby gardener with a little luck can consult to a new pineapple plant. Only to the crop must be planted and maintained at at least 25 degrees and high humidity.


The pineapple fruit

Despite its hard, inedible peel the pineapple is very sensitive to pressure and cold. At a temperature of 15 to 18 degrees keeps a good week. Stored to cool the flesh takes black spots and inedible, so a pineapple should not be stored in the refrigerator too. If fresh pineapple is peeled, it can be, keep for 2 days in the refrigerator in a sealed container. However, their flavor will evaporate very quickly. For longer storage, you can cut small, in their own juice, frozen.

The maturity level of a pineapple is best determined with the nose. A ripe fruit gives off at the stem end an intense pineapple fragrance. Even at a ripe pineapple can easily pluck the middle leaves of the crown and the flesh are in for a bit of light finger pressure. As a pineapple hardly matures, is discouraged from buying an unripe fruit.

Healthy with pineapple

Due to the high content of vitamins, minerals, trace elements and enzymes that pineapple is very healthy. Fresh pineapple helps with colds and digestive problems. By the enzyme bromelain digestion is stimulated. It breaks down the protein in the diet and thus complements the stomach acid. The metabolism is promoted, detoxifies the body, drained and decontaminated. Therefore, the pineapple is suitable despite their sweetness even for people who want to lose weight. Fresh fruit pulp contains only about 56 calories per 100 grams of excessive consumption is not recommended as it can cause irritation of the stomach lining. Canned pineapple in bringing the health and dieters, however nothing because all the valuable ingredients were killed by heating. People who take anticoagulant medications should be careful, as the enzyme bromelain also inhibits blood clotting and excessive bleeding may occur.

Because of the high content of serotonin and tryptophan, pineapple is as a mood, as well as sleeping. In addition, it has been used for centuries to increase libido in both men and women. Pineapple lowers blood pressure and to reduce deposits on the vessel walls.

Pineapple and Beauty

A mask made with pineapple, skin moisture causes and triggers the dead skin cells. Small infections heal faster. The skin looks fresh and elastic.

Cooking with pineapple

The fresh pineapple and its juice are not just great for direct human consumption or as a drink. By the enzyme bromelain betrayals meat is wonderfully tender with fresh pineapple juice, whereas dairy products curdle quickly and become bitter. Therefore heated pineapple is more suitable for desserts. Especially during the cooking time, leave out the pineapple delicious sauces and chutneys make that absolutely fit your grilled meat. Salads can get a special touch of pineapple. Or from main dishes, often in conjunction with curry and ginger , a tasty treat.