When Are Pineapples in Season?
Pineapples are available throughout the year, although the sweet ripe pineapple is at its peak from March to July. This fruit is a tropical plant originally cultivated in South America for many years, and now grown in Florida and South Carolina. Did you know that pineapples have two varieties? These are the Cayenne and the Red Spanish pineapple that is common in Florida, both have a tangy-sweet taste.
Health Benefits of Pineapples
Pineapples are high in fiber which is the number one component to improve the digestive system. This fruit is rich in vitamins, minerals, manganese, and calcium, as well as folic acid. Pineapple is also a good source of bromelain that is known for its anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial effects. Vitamins and minerals in pineapple may help decrease the effect of viral and bacterial infections in your body and could help strengthen your bones.
- The vitamin C found in pineapple can support and boost the immune system and shorten the duration of an infection. Pineapple is rich in vitamins and minerals including vitamin C that has antioxidant properties.
- Pineapple is a natural anti-inflammatory because of the bromelain that is known for its anti-inflammatory properties.
- Fiber is responsible for keeping our digestive system healthy and clean. This is a component of plant-based foods including pineapple. Pineapple is known for its high fiber properties, they say eating it alone can aid with constipation and may help regulate bowel movement.
- Manganese and calcium promote healthy bones. Pineapple is a good source of both minerals, each essential for keeping bones strong.
- Antioxidants plays an important role in our body to fight inflammation and cancer-causing free radicals. Phenolics, flavonoids, and vitamin C can be found in pineapple. Eating pineapple can help decrease joint pain, heart disease, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Pineapple may also lower the risk of acquiring some types of cancer.
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
One cup of fresh pineapple chunks contains:
- Calories: 82g
- Fat: 0.20g
- Protein: 0.89g
- Fiber: 2.3g
- Carbohydrates: 22g
Vitamins and Minerals that can be Found in Pineapple
Pineapple is a good source of vitamin C, that helps to boost your immune system to keep your body healthy and at the same time help fight against viral infections and germs.
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin B6
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin K
Preparing the Pineapple
Always look for the heavy pineapples, free of soft spots and dark eyes and with a sweet scent at the stem end (bottom). With a sharp knife, slice off both the top and bottom to have two halves. Cut off the outer skin carefully then make a quarter partition while avoiding the core. You can enjoy eating it alone or use it to make tasty smoothies, fruit salads, salsa, and even a topping on your favorite pizza.