Composed of about 90% water, rich in calcium, phosphorus, potassium, vitamin A and C, simple sugars but with few calories, pineapple is a tropical plant with an edible fruit and the most economically significant plant in the family Bromeliaceae.
Sweet, fresh and thirst quenching, pineapple is one of the most loved fruits not only in this country but also internationally as it is consumed as a salad. A medium sized pineapple costs about Sh955 in a supermarket in Israel, a fruit that costs less than Sh60 in Kenya. Cultivated in the Rift Valley and around Nairobi, Thika, pineapple do well in light soils rich in manganese, which is one of the mineral nutrients that give the fruit its anti-oxidation property.
Pineapple can take up to 3 years to grow and become mature on a plant.
Pineapples ripen faster upside down.
They are also known as Ananas.
Pregnant women should avoid excessive intake of pineapple in order to
prevent chances of miscarriage
Pineapples Health Benefits
- Pineapples can help reduce inflammation of the joints and muscles.
- Contain a rare enzyme called bromelain which help reduce symptoms of
- One serving contains 130% of your daily recommended Vitamin C.
- Pineapples are directly related to preventing cancers of the mouth, throat and breast.
- Can help protect against diarrhoea, IBS and blood clotting.
- Pineapples can help strengthen the gums and teeth.
A pineapple plant can stay alive and continue giving fruits for up to 50 years.