Pineapples are a tropical fruit that originates from areas with extremely high temperatures. The biggest production of pineapple today is in Costa Rica. Next we have Brasil, Philippines, India and Thailand. These countries supply us with this tasty fruit throughout the whole year.
There is not much people who don’t know the sweet taste of this fruit, and his recognizable look. Spiky outside and leaves growing out on the top of pineapple, resembeling a crown, are his signature signs. They are mostly avaliable form March to June, and we can find many canned options throughout the whole year.
Beneficial effects and nutritional information
The biggest beneficial effect of pineapple is his digestive benefits. They contain many components that help our digestive system to process foods, and also keep our intestines healthy. One of these various components are protein enzymes. They are also found in digestive supplement called bromelain. These enzymes have beneficial effects on our complete digestive system, and some case studies even suggest that bromelain helps to reduce risk from digestive tract tumor.
Pineapple is full of these enzymes. They are not only found in the core of this fruit, but also in the leaves and peel as well.
This delicious fruit also has an antioxidant effect. Just like in many tropical fruits, vitamin C is a big part of pineapple beneficial effect. Vitamin C impotance is well known, and besides being helpful with cold and fighting viruses, he keeps our body clean of free radicals who cause different diseases and conditions inside our body. Free radicals can even shut down ouur blood vessels, and cause cardiovasculary problems, so having a daily dose of vitamin C is very important.
Since vitamin C helps to protect our immune system, pineapple is again a great choice for making that happen. Diets rich in vitamin C, reduce risks of infections, especially those connected with the flu.
Other beneficial components of pineapple are manganese and vitamin B1. They give our body energy, and restore the one we have lost. This is why pineapple is a great choice of fruit, just right after an exhausting training or other sport activity. If you are a student, instead of drinking insane amounts of coffee to stay awake, try eating some pineapple to feel less sleepy. Enzyme superoxide needs a certain amount of manganese, so this is why this tropical fruit is ideal for bringing up that energy level. It has all of the required beneficial components, and many other.
If you want to keep your eyes healthy, then pineapple is again a great choice. You probably heard ybout beneficial effects carotenoids have on our eyes, but pineapple is rarely listed as a good source of this important component. Combined with other fruits and vegetables that contain vitamin A, E and C, this fruit will keep your vision on point.
When we slice a pineapple in half, we usually get a perfect meatty center that smells and tastes amazing. Unlike other fruits, that require cleaning out the seeds, pineapple is ready for serving after we peel of the skin. But many of us don’t realise, that pineapples do actually have seeds. The reason why we don’t see them, is because commercial production of pineapples has adjusted it’s production for the customers.
All fruits usually have seeds. This is how they are grown in the first place, and pineapple is not different from that. Pineapple seeds are small dark brown or black seeds, that are spread around the whole fruit (the inside part). Pineapples we see on our markets, and the ones that are canned in supermarket shelves, are hybridized types. This means that they are actually not the original fruit, and that they have been „cleaned out“ with the use of GI in mass production.
Planting pineapple at home
To grow a pineapple plant, you would need to plant the upper part of the fruit, or the crown-like part. This process is very slow, and the plants that will sprout in the end, won’t be what you expected. Pineapple seeds are rarely used in mass production. The pineapple is planted by it’s upper part of the fruit, just like I mentioned earlier. So, that can’t be actually called a seed of the plant, since it is a much bigger part of it.
If you have a garden at home, or if you live in a appartment, you can try this experiment by yourself. Cut of the upper part of the pineapple (or the leaves) and few inches of the fruit’s meat. If you have a garden, then it is for the best. Find a spot where you can plant your pineapple, and dig a hole in the ground, and just place the cut of part of the fruit. Adding anything else to this process, won’t be any more beneficial.
It is important to remember that pineapples are fruits that grow in warmer parts of Earth, so try to find a place in your garden with a lot of sunlight. They also require some room to grow, so make sure to provide them that.
If the climate in your country is a little bit worse in the winter, pineapple can also be taken inside the house. Just make sure to plant it in the bigger flower pot, so that it has a lot or space to grow. This is obviously a less popular option, but it is worth a try.
They need water as well, but unlike other plants, they are used to growing in difficult conditions. Watering is not required every day, especially if it rains outside. Being a low maintenance plant, pineapple is ideal for everybody.
To give his first fruits, pineapple will need about 2-3 years. So, a lot of time. The fruit will grow in the middle of the plant, in form of a flower and slowly turn into the fruit we recognize. When you see the product of your work, it will be worth the time it has taken to sprout out the first fruit.
So, pineapples are not only tasty delicious fruits, but they have many other health beneficial effects. If you are a fan of plants, and you enjoy growing them, pineapples can be a perfect choice. Since they are low maintenance, they can be taken care of by anyone, with or without experience.
In conclusion we found out that pineapples do, in fact, have seeds. Their seeds are not something you will find in commercial sorts but they do exist. Instead of a seed, pineapple top or crown leaves are used as seeds in production, as well. So, if you are interested in how the pineapple seeds look like, you might have to go for the organic sorts, since commercial ones are not going to give you an example of the seed.