About The History Of Our Bulk Pineapple
Pineapples are a sweet, golden yellow tropical fruit belonging to the genus Ananas and the family Bromeliaceae. Pineapples are native to South America; specifically Brazil, Paraguay, and Mexico, and were introduced to Hawaiian soil in the 1500s where they’ve been cultivated in large quantities ever since. Pineapples are a staple of Hawaiian cuisine, as well as, their overall culture. The island of Lānaʻi, which is northwest of Hawaii itself, is nicknamed ‘The Pineapple Isle’ because of its past as an island-wide pineapple plantation. Approximately, one-third of the world’s supply of pineapples come from Hawaii and its surrounding islands, with the other two-thirds coming from the Philippines and Thailand.
These juicy fruits are the only edible versions of their kind; the bromeliads. Each plant produces just one pineapple that will be ready to harvest in 18-20 months time. Unlike most other fruits, pineapples don’t continue to ripen once harvested. A fun fact about pineapples is that they are able to regenerate – pineapple leaves can be planted alone to produce new plants.
Pineapples, raw and dried, offer exceptional health benefits. They are particularly high in fiber, and are known for their immune-boosting ability, supporting mental health, and aiding the body in digestion. Pineapples in small amounts are also said to improve fertility.
Pineapples For The Immune System
Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is the most capable vitamin in strengthening the immune system, and pineapples are chock full of it. Vitamin C also helps the body form and maintain connective tissue such as bones, blood vessels, and skin.
Pineapples Used For Proper Digestion
Pineapples contain bromelain, a powerful proteolytic enzyme that helps the body digest proteins and contributes to nutrient absorption. Bromelain has an array of other positive effects too, such as relaxing muscles and decreasing inflammation.
Pineapples In A Diet For Mental Health
Naturally high in tryptophan; the amino acid also found in turkey, pineapples biochemically produce serotonin, which is the brain’s neurotransmitter responsible for happiness. Consuming enough tryptophan, as well as other vitamins, minerals, and omega-3 fatty acids – like those found in fish and nuts such as walnuts, is essential for a healthy neurological system.
Culinary Uses of Bulk Dried Pineapple
Like other bulk dried fruits, pineapple is a sweetly versatile addition that pairs well with most creamy, salty, and savory dishes. Here are some ideas for how to incorporate dried pineapple into your diet.
- Add them to trail mix
- Mix them into oatmeal and yogurt for a healthy breakfast
- Incorporate them into muffin or scone batter prior to baking
- Eat them alone as a sweet snack
- Mix with cream cheese for a delicious bagel spread
- Top them on your favorite baked honey ham
- Add them to savory dishes with chicken, beef, or shrimp
Storage And Shelf Life
Store in a cool dry place for up to 1 year. If frozen, they will last up to a year and a half.
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