Pineapple tastes delicious and provides lots of healthy nutrients and enzymes. It contains vitamins ranging from A and B to C and E. It stimulates the immune system and lowers the risk of infection. In addition, it improves detoxification in the event of increased environmental and heavy metal pollution. Not only the consumption of pineapple fruit offers these advantages, but also the juice. Freshly squeezed pineapple juice is particularly recommended.
Benefits of Pineapple
Pineapple is healthy because it is a super source of vitamin C. A glass of pineapple juice is enough to cover 50 percent of your daily vitamin C needs.
In the flu season in particular, the juice is a good home remedy for strengthening the immune system. Pineapple juice is up to five times more efficient than cough syrup.
The reason pineapple juice works against cough is bromelain. This enzyme dissolves mucus and has an anti-inflammatory effect. It kills bacteria and fights infections. This can relieve sore throats and coughing. Bromelain can effectively break down the protective shield that cancer cells build up to protect against the body’s own immune cells. The body can then recognize the cancer cells and fight them itself. Bromelain can also dispose of tissue from tumor cells because it has a decongestant effect. While these are the known benefits of Pineapple, the studies on its use against cancer have not yet been completed.
Pineapple juice is healthy and beneficial for tuberculosis patients. In a study in 2010, scientists found that a mixture of freshly squeezed pineapple juice combined with pepper, salt, and honey loosened the mucus in the lungs.
In addition to minerals and enzymes as well as the important vitamin C, the pineapple contains niacin, vitamin A, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B6, vitamin E and minerals such as potassium, phosphorus, manganese, iodine and zinc. It is also a source of magnesium which is especially required by all those who engage in sports and physical activity.
Pineapple Juice during Pregnancy and for Quality of Male sperm
Different foods change the quality of the male human sperm. Pineapple juice has a positive effect as compared to, for example, coffee, which has a rather negative effect.
Eating a healthier diet overall, to which the pineapple and pineapple juice contribute, not only promotes sperm quality in men, but is also very suitable for women, especially during pregnancy.
Around 550 grams of pineapple pressed into juice completely covers the daily requirement of vitamin C. The fruit also contains valuable nutrients that are particularly beneficial for pregnant women. In addition to the numerous vitamins, this also includes 16 important minerals.
However, as with all foods, it should be enjoyed in moderation. Because of its high vitamin C content, excessive consumption of pineapple can lead to sore corners of the mouth. In this respect, pineapple juice is particularly suitable and a gentler alternative.
How to Buy a Good Pineapple
When is a pineapple actually ripe and how can you recognize this when shopping? With the following tips you will know exactly when you next buy this tropical fruit.
Fragrance: an important indicator of maturity
A pineapple only tastes really good when the flesh is no longer too firm and exudes a sweet smell. If it smells fruity-sweet, the pineapple is usually ripe.
The leaf test
If the fruit is ripe, the inner leaves should be easy to remove from the crest. This is a god indication that the pineapple is ready to eat.
Knock and press
The skin of a ripe pineapple is ideally a little soft, but does not give way immediately when pressed from the outside. If the fruit is immature, the skin is much firmer.
When you knock on the pineapple and hear a hollow sound, you should keep your hands off the fruit. In this case, the flesh is probably dry. A dull sound, on the other hand, is a good sign.
Cut the pineapple and inspect the color
It is usually sufficient to check the scent, leaves, skin and sound criteria before buying. If you have already cut a pineapple and are not sure about its ripeness, then look at the pulp. It should have a golden yellow color. However, if the inside is white, the pineapple is probably still immature. You can recognize overripe fruits by their dark yellow flesh. If the pulp smells fermented, the pineapple is inedible.
Tip: If you do not plan to eat pineapples in the near future, do not buy them immediately in large quantities. At home, it is difficult to create suitable conditions for their storage, so the fruits will quickly begin to deteriorate.
Cutting a pineapple correctly
What is the best way to cut a pineapple? Use this step-by-step guide to break down a pineapple as efficiently as possible. It is very easy and also looks good.
Place the pineapple across the cutting board in front of you. Use a medium-sized knife to cut away the green blossom of the fruit. Repeat the same to cut off the bottom of the pineapple.
The fruit now has two straight cut surfaces at the top and bottom. So it can be placed upright well on the cutting board without tipping over. The skin of the pineapple is slightly curved outwards. To cut them off, you should place the knife at an angle at the top. Cut the shell downward following the curvature.
Lay the pineapple horizontally on a board. Take smaller a knife for chopping vegetables. With its sharp tip carefully cut out all the brown flecks or eyes. They are very tough to eat and may spoil the pleasure of eating the pineapple.
Take the chef’s knife again, set the pineapple vertically and cut it lengthwise into quarters. Try a piece of its core. If it is very stiff, then lay the quarter horizontally and cut out the core. It is usually a layer 2 cm deep. If the core is soft and sweet, no need to cut it out.
Tips for juicing pineapple without blocking the juicer
1. Do not remove the core.
The core does not have to be removed when cutting the pineapple. The core not only contains juice, but also provides solid material to squeeze the softer pulp through the juicer. Instead, separate the core when cutting the pineapple and cut it into small cubes. Alternately feed the juicer with the pineapple flesh and the core.
2. Cut the pineapple into vertical slices.
After cutting the top and bottom and removing the peel, cut the pineapple into thin vertical strips from top to bottom. This not only facilitates feeding into the juicer, but also makes the fibers more manageable for the juicer.
3. Mix in some carrots
Carrots are an excellent addition to the pineapple juice and soften the super-sweet taste a little. They also make pineapple juicing a lot easier. Simply add a carrot after a few pineapple strips, or when you feel the juicing machine begins to get jammed by the tough fiber. The carrots help remove any pineapple fiber that blocks the juicing equipment.
4. Take it slow
You should never try to overfeed or force your slow juicer. This is especially true for pineapples. Feed the pineapple slowly and let the juice process each slice before adding the next one. Overfeeding will not bring out the juice quickly and could block the machine.
5. Choose pineapples that are not fully ripe.
A fully ripe pineapple has a golden skin and is ideal for consumption with its super-sweet flesh. But it’s bad for juicing for two reasons. First, the softer meat is more likely to clog your juicer. Second, the sweet taste is more concentrated when juiced and can be overwhelming. The ideal pineapple for juicing is firm, yet sweet. Look for green pineapples with a golden base. Before buying, smell the base to make sure it is smells sweet.
Drinks made with Pineapple
Mai Tai Rum Cocktail
Ingredients: 60 ml white rum, 20 ml orange liqueur, 20 ml lime juice, 10 ml sugar syrup, 10 ml almond syrup, 80 ml pineapple juice, ice, mint and a cocktail cherry to garnish
>> Recipe here
Pina Colada Cocktail
Ingredients: 60 ml white rum, 45 ml cream of coconut, 45 ml pineapple juice, 15 ml lime juice, ice and mint to garnish
>> Recipe here