In 1493, explorer Christopher Columbus found pineapples on Guadeloupe Island in the Caribbean. The fruit is also native to southern Brazil and Paraguay.
Pineapples in Colonial America
American colonists regarded pineapples as a luxurious treat because of their rarity and cost.
A pineapple is the result of many flowers whose fruitlets have joined around the core.
Pineapples contain bromelain, an enzyme that may help arthritis pain by reducing inflammation. They are also a good source of vitamin C, which helps to strengthen your immune system.
Pineapples in Hawaii
Historically, Hawaii was the world’s largest pineapple producer and source for U.S. pineapples. Some of the largest pineapple crops were in Hawaii. Today the largest producers include the Philippines, Brazil, and Costa Rica.
Pass over sour-smelling or bruised pineapples. Fruit from Hawaii or Central America tends to be freshest.
To make your pineapple softer and juicier, keep it at room temperature for one or two days before cutting.
One cup of pineapple juice has 70 to 85 calories.