Today at #AlGourmet, we are celebrating #PineappleDay! Pineapple is sweet and tangy on its own and practically the definition of the word ‘tropical’. Want to make something tropical? Put a slice of this fruit on it! The greatest myth about this fruit is, it doesn’t grow on a tree. Didn’t know that? You’re hardly alone. On this day we bring you 6 such interesting facts about Pineapple.
1. It takes almost 3 years for a single pineapple to reach maturation and each pineapple plant only produces just one pineapple. Which makes the price tag a bit more understandable.
2. You can grow a pineapple plant by twisting the crown off a store bought pineapple, allowing it to dry for 2-3 days, and then planting it.
3. Pineapple is good for colds and coughs. They are packed with Vitamin Cand all the flu fighting goodness you'd expect to get from oranges except pineapples have something EXTRA special! Bromelain, an enzyme which is found in pineapples, is excellent for digestion & has been found to help suppress coughs & loosen mucus
4. Pineapple plants have really pretty flowers.The pineapple plant’s flowers — which can vary from lavender to bright red — produce berries that actually coalesce together around the fruit’s core. So the pineapple fruit itself is actually a bunch of “fruitlets” fused together.
5. Although the fruit originated in South America, the majority of the world’s pineapples now come from Southeast Asia.Namely the Philippines and Thailand. For the freshest pineapples in the U.S., look for Costa Rica- or Hawaii-grown pineapples.
6. They’ve influenced Hawaii slang. When it drizzles on a sunny day in Hawaii, locals call it “pineapple juice.” And when older parents are “surprised” by a pregnancy, the baby is called a “ratoon crop,” the bonus fruit that grows after a pineapple plant’s initial harvest.
An apple that isn't an apple, a pine that isn't a pine. That's right, we are talking about #PIneapple!