Does a pineapple a day keep the doctor away? I’m not sure, but I hope so! A fresh, juicy pineapple is one of the best treats on this planet.
Pineapples are usually in stores all year round but the best time to buy pineapple is between March and September. During these months pineapples are extra juicy and sweet.
If you’re like me, you might think of this funny video when you hear the word pineapple.
To avoid getting that song stuck in your head, here are some other things you can think of when you hear the word pineapple:
- In 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue but in 1493 he discovered the pineapple (or so they say…)
- The largest producers of pineapple are in the Philippines, Brazil, and Costa Rica.
- One pineapple takes a whole year to grow!
- It is called pineapple because people thought it looked like a pine cone. Do you see the resemblance?
Pineapple’s delicious taste isn’t the only good thing about it – it is also good for you. Like other fruits, pineapple is a good source of important nutrients. Below is a list of 3 important nutrients that you can get from eating pineapple.
Vitamin C: keeps the immune system healthy. Pineapple has a LOT of vitamin C.
Vitamin B-6: cells need this vitamin in order to produce energy and other materials used by the body.
Manganese: Ever heard of manganese? People don’t talk about this nutrient very much but it helps the body make energy out of food.
Click this link to read more about fruits in general.
- Grill or broil pineapple with a little brown sugar and cinnamon
- Put it on a kabob with other veggies and fruits
- Use it as a pizza topping
- Add it to a smoothie
- Add small pieces to some salsa
- Chop it up with other fruits for a simple fruit salad
- Put it on a burger or sandwich
How to cut:
Pineapples are an odd shape and can be tricky to cut. Click on this link or on the pineapple below for instructions on how to cut a pineapple.
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Information for this post is from nih.gov, webmd.com, and dole.com