General description

The pineapple (Ananas comosus) is a tropical plant with an edible multiple fruit consisting of coalesced berries, also called pineapples, and the most economically significant plant in the family Bromeliaceae .

Christopher Columbus brought pineapples back to Europe after an expedition to South America. Pineapples became known as an extravagant and exotic fruit, served only at the most lavish of banquets.

However, pineapples are now common, and people are able to enjoy them in solid, dried, and juice forms.

Use

Medical benefits:

Many studies have suggested that increasing consumption of plant foods like pineapples decreases the risk of obesity, overall mortality, diabetes, and heart disease.

  • Boost the immune system
  • Build strong bones
  • Aid digestion

Cooking

  • Make a fruit salad or add some pineapple slices to your salad
  • Drink it as a juice
  • Make a fresh salsa
  • Make a dessert or a cake

When I can eat it?

The fruit grows all year round.

Planting

Pineapples donโ€™t need much water, soil or high quality soil. They get a lot of water and nutrition through their leaves. They like slightly acidic soil; they grow in full sun but they also do well in dappled shade. They grow very happily in pots or tubs. They donโ€™t like: soggy and waterlogged soils, having their leaves burned with concentrated fertilizers, frost.

Side effects

The juice from unripe pineapples can cause severe vomiting. Bromelain ingestion is associated with a low incidence of adverse reactions, including diarrhea, excess menstrual flow, nausea, skin rash and vomiting. Swelling of the mouth and cheeks can result from eating large amounts of the fruit.

Nutritional value

Rich in:

  • vitamins (mainly C)
  • enzymes
  • antioxidants
  • Low in calories

Pictures of the gardens

Categories: Plants