Deliciously juicy pulp – this is what pineapple is known for. This tropical fruit does not grow on a pineapple tree, as is often thought, but on a plant just above the ground. Pineapples originated in Brazil, Bolivia and Paraguay, but are now primarily grown in South East Asia, in particular Thailand and the Philippines. The fruits can reach a length of up to thirty centimetres and a weight of four kilograms.
The Dutch and French word ‘ananas’ comes from the Tupi people of Brazil, and means ‘excellent fruit’. The Spanish called the fruit piña because of its resemblence to a pine cone (cono de pino). If you cut off a pineapple’s leaves and put it in the ground, a new pineapple plant will grow.
The fruit contains bromelaine, a substance that helps to digest proteins. This makes pineapple good for the digestion. Pineapple is also rich in vitamins, such as betacarotene, vitamin C and vitamin E, as well as minerals such as potassium, magnesium, phosphorous, iron, copper, manganese, zinc and iodine. Moreover, the fruit contains antioxidants that can fight the free radicals in the body.
Our dried pineapple is from Columbia, where it is called ‘piña manzana’. The pineapple in our product range is available in chunks or rings and is one hundred percent natural, free from added sugar. This brings out the flavour of the real fruit.
Salient detail: it is rumoured that eating pineapple makes a man’s sperm ‘sweeter’.