The pineapple belongs to the bromeliad family and was originally native to the Americas. Today the crop is cultivated around the world in tropical areas. Harvested in the process are the fruit stalks, which can be eaten fresh. These are also processed into preserves or juice.
The pineapple was once grown in castle gardens
Even before the discovery of South America, the pineapple fruit was cultivated in numerous areas of this part of the world and was even grown as far away as Mexico. In 1493 Columbus saw the fruit for the first time on the island of Guadeloupe. The natives presented it to him as a gift. In 1555, the word “pineapple” was mentioned for the first time. At the beginning of the 17th century, the fruit was already grown in numerous tropical gardens. At In the 18th century, many European rulers had pineapples grown in their nurseries, using glass houses. The court nursery of the Thuringian principality of Schwarzburg-Sondershausen was at the beginning of the 19th century a leading trader of pineapple fruit. End of the Then in the 19th century began industrial cultivation of the fruit.
A fruit with a lot of vitamin C
Pineapple has a large amount of vitamin C, furthermore it contains numerous minerals and enzymes. The enzyme bromelin contained in it was discovered in 1957 in a pineapple stem. Today it is obtained from the fruit or the stem. Vitamins A, B and E are also present. The fruit contains a lot of water. Cholesterol is not included.
A versatile ingredient for dishes
Pineapple is used as a fresh fruit and canned. In the countries of origin, a large part of the harvest is consumed as fresh fruit. As a preserve, it is often made into stewed fruit or various cakes in Germany. Jam, juice, wine and confectionery are other products for which the fruit is used. The enzyme bromelin is used in the food industry to make meat more tender.
Variety in weight loss
With its high water content and low energy value, pineapple fruit can be well integrated into a weight loss plan. At the same time can be eaten fresh, developing its slightly acidic and aromatic taste. Processing into fruit salad, which can be a meal, lends itself.