As the Fruit Experts®, we find out stuff about fruit that we find interesting, surprising, amazing or funny all the time… and we think you will too. That’s why we’re sharing Fresh Facts About fruit here on our blog. This week’s featured fruit may have a prickly exterior, but it’s oh-so-sweet on the inside. IT’S PINEAPPLE!
Interesting and Unique Pineapple Facts
Euro-Pineapple-Star. Did you know that Christopher Columbus brought pineapple to Europe?! He found pineapple on the island of Guadeloupe in 1493, thus allowing Europeans to taste this sweet indulgence. Celebrate this discovery, or any other landmark days in your own life, by adding our unique pineapple Edible Numbers® to any arrangement!
Hawaii Is the Only US State That Grows Pineapples. Although pineapples are grown commercially all over the world, Hawaii is the only state in the US that still grows the fruit. And, Hawaii remains the world’s largest pineapple producer in the world. In fact, the first cultivation of pineapples in Hawaii dates back to the 18th century!
Pineapples Are Actually Berries. Although Columbus brought the pineapple to Europe in 1493, historians note the first mention of the fruit dates back to 1398 and was named after pine cones. However, pineapple is actually a berry!
Feel-Good Fruit. One of the many vitamins and minerals in pineapple, Bromelain, has been known to protect against viruses and provide a natural detox to the immune system. Studies also show its positive response to decreasing inflammation and swelling of body tissue, furthermore suggesting this enzyme as a remedy for chemotherapy side effects.
The Flat Belly Fruit. According to Dr. Oz, a daily dose of pineapple can help break down food in your gut that might otherwise make your belly bloated! Additionally, raw pineapple offers a great source of manganese, Vitamin C and bromelain, which is the enzyme that works as the digestive aid (and doubles as an anti-inflammatory).
Low Calorie Treat. Interestingly, one cup pineapple contains about 70-85 calories, which makes the juicy and delicious treat a sweet low calorie treat. Additionally, to help make your pineapple softer and juicer, then store it at room temperature prior to cutting and eating.
Pineapples Regenerate. If you plant pineapple leaves in the ground, you can grow a new plant! Additionally, a pineapple plant only produces one pineapple at a time. Generally, it takes about 18-20 months before they are ready to harvest. Also, pineapple plants can live and produce fruits for up to 50 years.
Pineapples Produce Hundreds of Flowers. Interestingly, as the pineapple plant grows its fruit, over 200 flowers of various colors (from lavender to red) are produced. Then, the individual scale like fruits of these underlying flowers combine to create the pineapple that we all know and love!
Pineapples Provide Health Benefits. Interestingly, pineapples are mostly comprised of water (about 85%) and includes a plethora of health benefits. From digestive aids to weight loss and benefits of improving your immune system and increase circulation, pineapples provide a lots of possible health effects.
House of Pineapple. Anyone in your home love pineapples? How about some of your friends and family? Take a moment to celebrate their love of pineapple with a Pineapple Bouquet.
Know any other interesting tidbits about the pineapple?