Pineapple has become in recent years one of the most forgotten fruits in Spanish homes. Indeed, according to the web Nourisher, It is not even among the ten most consumed fruitswhat else are orange, banana, apple, watermelon, melon, mandarin, pear, peach, kiwi and strawberry.
Also, it happens that pineapple belongs to the group of exotic fruits, which also belong cherimoya, mango, kiwi or persimmon, among others, and these are the only ones whose consumption has grown during the same period.
Pineapple is a tropical fruit of Brazilian origin, hence the name of pineapple. Today It is consumed at any time of the year, both natural and preserved. In addition to its delicious flavor, it is one of the fruits with the most minerals, vitamins and nutrients, making it one of the best fruits for health.
There are many advantages of this fruit. These can be the main ones.
- Regulates intestinal transit and improves digestion. Provides fiber and water to our body. Thanks to the fiber, it stimulates intestinal transit, dragging toxins and helping to eliminate excess fat. It also improves digestion as it contains bromelain, an enzyme that helps digest and break down dietary proteins in the stomach and pancreas, making digestion easier.
- Improve blood circulation. The aforementioned bromelain, which is grouped together with three other enzymes: bromeliad, extranase and ananase, also stands out for its anticoagulant action and for increasing blood fluidity, thus improving blood circulation.
- It is an antioxidant and supports the immune system. Pineapple is a source of vitamin C, which among other functions helps protect cells from oxidative damage. In addition, this vitamin contributes to the normal functioning of the immune system. It also contains vitamins such as A and E and slow-absorbing carbohydrates.
- Provides energy. Pineapple contains minerals such as magnesium, phosphorus and iron. But above all, the amount of iodine it contains stands out. Iodine, among many of its functions, is needed by cells to convert food into energy and for the normal production of thyroid hormones.
- Help in weight loss diets. It is satiating thanks to its fiber content. It also helps prevent fluid retention. It has a low calorie content due to its high water content and low carbohydrate content.
- Improves the appearance of the skin. The hydration obtained with the intake of pineapple makes the skin more elastic and shiny. In addition, vitamin C contributes to the normal formation of collagen for the proper functioning of the skin. In cosmetics it is widely used as an ingredient to promote healing processes, helps heal skin ulcers and in acne treatments.
Given all this, why not consume more? One of the big problems of the pineapple is its size and its difficulty in breaking it, it is a much more inconvenient fruit to prepare than others, especially for older people who are used to fruits such as bananas, apples or pears that can be consumed. individually and without great effort.
Pineapple, instruction manual
Some brief tips to take home the best and not fail in its preparation.
- How to choose a pineapple at its ready-to-eat point. You have to look at several things: A) The leaves must be green, if they are brown or dry, are not fully ripe or have passed, and if the tears should come off easily. B) If your fingers sink when you touch it, it means that the pineapple is overcooked. It must be hard and heavy, since it has a lot of juice inside. 3) His skin color should be yellowish or golden, if he has a lot of green areas, he is not at his point yet.
- How to peel it easily. There are many ways to peel a pineapple and lately many videos explaining how to cut and eat pineapple wedges have gone viral. But the more traditional forms would be two. 1. Cut it like a melon. To do this you have to cut the base and the top and divide it into slices. 2. Remove the ends, place the pineapple on the base and remove the skin from top to bottom with a knife. Once peeled, cut it into slices.
- How to keep it so as not to ruin it. Once the pineapple is divided, it should be consumed quickly as it deteriorates. To make it last longer, keep it airtight and cover it tightly. If you are not going to consume all of the pineapple at once, a good option is to divide it in two, put it in bags and freeze it. When done right, the nutritional value does not change significantly. It must also be defrosted properly, i.e. slowly in the refrigerator and not at room temperature.
three simple recipes
one. Sweet baked dumplings with pineapple and coconut
- 1 pack of empanadillas oleas
- 8 slices of pineapple in its juice
- 15 g of brown sugar
- 50 g of grated coconut
- 1 egg
Preheat the oven to 200ºC. Cut the pineapple slices in half. Arrange the waffles on a sheet of parchment paper on a baking sheet. Put half a slice of pineapple on one end in each of them and sprinkle the coconut and sugar. Fold them loosely and brush them with beaten egg. Cook for 8-10 minutes.
Two. Pineapple sorbet with cava
- 80 g of condensed milk
- 350 g of natural pineapple, cut into small pieces and frozen
- 250 ml of cava
Put the ingredients in the mixing bowl and mix until a homogeneous consistency is obtained. Taste and adjust to taste. Serve immediately.
3. Barbecue Chicken Salad with Pineapple and Pink Salsa
- 1 sachet of fine herb preparation for frying
- 250 g of chicken breast
- 3 slices of pineapple
- 1 stalk of celery
- 200 g of apple
- 50 g of walnuts
- some lettuce leaves
For the dressing:
- 1 plain yogurt
- 2 tablespoons of grain mustard
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil
- 1 tablespoon of ketchup
Prepare the chicken as directed in the directions on the pan package. Cut the pineapple into small pieces. Wash the celery, remove the threads and chop it. Peel the apple and cut it into cubes. Mix the three ingredients. Arrange the lettuce leaves in a bowl, place the diced chicken on top and cover with the celery and fruit mixture. Sprinkle with chopped walnuts.
Prepare a sauce by mixing the yogurt with the oil, the ketchup and the mustard; season with salt and pepper and mix with the salad.