The word "pineapple" in English was first recorded in 1398 and
ananas, the original name of the fruit, comes from the Tupi word nanas, meaning "excellent fruit" as recorded by Andre Thevet in 1555.
How does it grow?
In appearance, the plant itself has a short, stocky stem with tough, waxy leaves. When creating its fruit, it usually produces up to 200 flowers, although some large-fruited cultivars can exceed this. Once it flowers, the individual fruits of the flowers join together to create what is commonly referred to as a pineapple. After the first fruit is produced, side shoots called 'suckers' by commercial growers are produced in the leaf axils of the main stem. These may be removed for propagation, or left to produce additional fruits on the original plant. In the first year of growth, the axis lengthens and thickens, bearing numerous leaves in close spirals.
The flesh and juice of the pineapple are used in cuisines around the world. The juice of the pineapple is served as a beverage, and is also as a main ingredient in such cocktails as the Pina colada.
Have u ever eaten sliced pineapple which is sold on roadsides as a snack?
Raw pineapple is an excellent source of manganese and vitamin C.
did u know . .
The Big Pineapple is a tourist attraction on the Sunshine Coast in South East Queensland, Australia. It is 16 metre high and was originally opened on the 15 of August 1971.
A FACT . . . a pineapple plant flowers only once, and produces one pineapple. Then it dies. But before it dies it also produces offspring.
Buying tip ...
Select a pineapple that is plump and fresh-looking. The leaves in the crown should be fresh and green, and the body of the pineapple firm. Look for pineapples that are heavy for their size.
A cooking tip ...
Add pineapple to a marinade to flavor and tenderize your meat of choice. Pineapple is a wonderful addition to fruit salads also.
Why eat it?
Pineapples are loaded with vitamins and minerals including vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, phosphorus, and potassium. It is also rich in fiber and calories. Eat them as they have exceptional juiciness and a vibrant tropical flavor that balances the tastes of sweet and tart.