The Power of the Pineapple

Be a Pineapple: Stand tall, wear a crown and be sweet on the inside.
~Anonymous

Strange how this funny-looking fruit gives us the perfect analogy for living a full life.

Pineapples are amazing!

And since June 27th is International Pineapple Day, today we would like to take a closer look at this beloved and unique fruit.

10 Interesting Facts About Pineapples

To celebrate International Pineapple Day in style, we have gathered some interesting pineapple trivia.

1. Pineapples are named after pinecones.

The word “pineapple’ comes from the Spanish word “pina” (which meant “pinecone” back in the stack of fresh slices of pineapples1300’s) because their outside appearance reminded the Europeans of a pinecone.  Fortunately for us, pineapples have inherited the name but certainly not the taste of a pinecone.

2. Pineapples have old souls.

Pineapples take nearly three full years to mature before they are ready to be eaten.

3. They are not an apple nor a pine.

Pineapples actually belong to the berry family.

4. Hawaii loves pineapples.

While people enjoy pineapples all across the country and around the world, Hawaii is the only place in the U.S. where they are still grown. They are also cultivated in Costa Rica, the Philippines, Thailand, and my beloved Brazil.

5. Pineapple plants are pretty.

Pineapples have a unique appearance, but not many people would describe them as beautiful. However, pineapple plants are stunning to look at, with bright red and lavender flowers.

6. Scary pineapples?

In some parts of the world, pineapples are carved to create jack-o-lanterns instead of traditional pumpkins. A tropical Halloween.

7. Christopher Columbus might have enjoyed pineapple.Pina colada isolated on white.

Columbus was one of the first to discover pineapple on Guadeloupe Island in the Caribbean, 1493. Almost as good as discovering America!

8. Pineapples are versatile.

Pineapple canneries are known to use every bit of the pineapple to make different products. This includes the skin, core, and end portions that we typically throw away.

9. Pineapples regenerate.

The crown atop the pineapple can regrow into a new pineapple plant!

10. If you like piña coladas.

The piña colada is a cocktail made with pineapple juice, coconut cream, and rum, usually served blended and garnished with a pineapple wedge. The word literally means “strained pineapple” (Spanish: piña, ‘pineapple’ and colada, ‘strained’).

The Pineapple Difference

fresh pineapple slice, round, top viewPineapples are bursting with nutrition! They contain:

  • Bromelain, a protein extract from the stems of pineapples, has been used in Europe as a topical medication to remove dead tissue in skin burns.
  • 131 percent of the daily recommended amount of vitamin C, which boosts your immunity.
  • 75 percent of the daily recommended value of manganese, essential for developing strong bones and connective tissue.
  • A high level of antioxidants and plenty of dietary fiber that keeps your intestines healthy.

How to Celebrate International Pineapple Day

Chef Daniel Biron and Pineapple CrumbleSo, now that you know all about pineapples, here are some fun things you can do to celebrate on June 27th:

  1. Eat Pineapple (of Course!): Pineapple slices are a refreshing snack (especially when served with mint). Or you can use them to make pineapple infused water, or even cook them on the grill!
  2. Enjoy the Day With Family and Friends: Spend some time with your loved ones and share these fun pineapple facts with them.
  3. Try a New Recipe: If you are looking for a delectable dessert that features pineapple, look no further than Chef Daniel Biron’s recipe for Pineapple Crumble. Plant-based and full of flavor, it is a perfect way to end a special summer dinner.

Happy International Pineapple Day!