Wednesday, June 27, 2018

National Pineapple Day - Celebrate Pineapples

Nutrition Profile

Pineapples contain the bromelain enzyme which can break down proteins so you can use them to tenderize meat.

Bromelain may help arthritis pain by easing inflammation. Pineapple also is a good source of vitamin C, which helps your immune system.



Pineapple Tidbits 
1. Hawaii produces about 1/3 of all pineapples in the world.
2. Pineapples are a cluster of hundreds of fruitlets.
3. Pineapples take about 18-20 months to become ready to harvest.
4. One pineapple plant can produce one pineapple at a time.
5. In 1493, explorer Christopher Columbus found pineapples on Guadeloupe Island in the Caribbean.
6. Historically, Hawaii was the world's largest pineapple producer and source for U.S. pineapples. Today the largest producers include the Philippines, Brazil, and Costa Rica.

Pineapple Selection
Pass over sour-smelling or bruised pineapples. Fruit from Hawaii or Central America tends to be freshest.


Pineapple Care
To make your pineapple softer and juicier, keep it at room temperature for 1 or 2 days before cutting.

How to Select
Choose pineapples with dark green leaves, heavy for size. Avoid soft or dark spots and dry-looking leaves.

How to Store

Eat as soon as possible.
Refrigerate cut pineapple for 2-3days.

Waffle with Peanut Butter, Pineapple, and Blueberries

Ingredients

1 Waffle

2 teaspoons Peanut Butter, reduced fat
1/4 cup Pineapple1/
3 cup Blueberries






Resources
1. Pineapple, Wikipedia  
2. 8 Fun Facts About Pineapple, #WebMD 
3. Pineapple: Nutrition. Selection. Storage @Fruits_Veggies 


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