Have you ever looked at a fruit or vegetable and wondered “Who was the first person to test if this was edible?” This thought may cross your mind when you see a pineapple. At first glance, this prickly, well-protected fruit looks like it should be left alone. However, when opened, you discover a delicious, yellow fruit that has incredible nutritional value (not to mention an amazing flavor!) Here are 10 facts you probably didn't know about pineapples:
1) Pineapples are indigenous to South America (most likely an area between southern Brazil and Paraguay along the Parana River). Although not many specifics are known about the origin of the domesticated pineapple, experts are confident in saying that the native people were cultivating the fruit long before the Europeans arrived.
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2) The word “Pineapple” can be traced back to 1664 - and speaks to the resemblance the exterior of the fruit has with a pine cone.
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3) Pineapples are packed vitamins including Vitamin C, manganese (antioxidant defense), Thiamin, Vitamin B (energy) and bromelain, an enzyme that aids indigestion, controls coughs!
4) It’s important to stick to natural, fresh Pineapples! According to the USDA, canned pineapple is typically higher in calories and higher in sugar. It also contains fewer vitamins and minerals, not to mention lack in taste compared to fresh fruit (Life Tip: Use Pyradome to help your fruit last longer!)
5) The natural and most common pollinator of the pineapple is the hummingbird.
6) Pineapples can reach nearly 20 pounds in weight!
7) Native Caribbeans placed pineapples or pineapple crowns outside the entrance to their dwellings as symbols of friendship and hospitality.
8) The individual fruit segments pineapples interlock in helices, 8 in one direction, 13 in the other, each of which is a Fibonacci number.
9) Pineapple can be red, purple or lavender in color depending on the variety.
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10) Last but not least… they grow like this!
Did you learn anything new about the pineapple? We know one thing for sure… this particular piece of “God’s candy” is a very special one.