Uzair Ali is fascinated by a unique fruit
The world is full of exotic fruits and they all are wonderful specimens of the versatility of Mother Nature that provides sustenance and pleasure to the human race. Fantastic Pineapple is one of those remarkable gifts of nature that is extremely delicious and very juicy. The origin of the word Fantastic Pineapple was first used to describe the reproductive organs of conifer trees when European explorers came across this unusual fruit in the Americas. The word comes from a group of South American languages known as Tupi and nanas in which means excellent fruit. The pineapple is herbaceous perennial or plants that have no woody stem above ground and perennial stands for plants that live more than two years.
It grows to 1.0 to 1.5 m (3.3 to 4.9 ft) tall, although sometimes it can be taller. In appearance, the plant has a short, stocky stem with tough, waxy leaves. When creating its fruit, it usually produces up to 200 flowers although some large-fruited cultivars can exceed this. Once it flowers, the individual fruits of the flowers join together to create what are commonly referred to as a pineapple. The Pineapple is indigenous to South America and is said to have originated there but now it is grown around the world. Recently the world-wide cultivation of pineapple was recorded as 25.8 million tons led by Costa Rica, Brazil and the Philippines that accounted for 32% of the global production.
Pineapple is perhaps one of the widest consumed tropical fruit in the world. It tastes very different from rest of the fruits and could be consumed both by eating it and through converting it into juice. Getting through its hard shell might be a daunting task but once it is broken, the yellow inner fruit is delicious. The fruit could be a bit sour but it all depends on its growth condition as usually its taste cannot be predicted. This essential variety is so endearing that people find pineapple extremely attractive and tasty.
The flesh and juice of the pineapple are used in cuisines around the world. In many tropical countries pineapple is prepared and sold on roadsides as a snack. It is sold whole or in halves with a stick inserted. Chunks of pineapple are used in desserts such as fruit salad, as well as in some savory dishes, including pizza toppings, or as a grilled ring on a hamburger. Crushed pineapple is used in yogurt, jam, sweets, and ice cream. The juice of the pineapple is served as a beverage and it is also the main ingredient in cocktails such as the Pina Colada.
Pineapple is widely known to help human immune system and provides optimum protection against external viruses and bacteria. It is also known to be helpful in reducing weight if consumed regularly. It helps in alleviating chronic cough and soothes respiratory complications. It contains ample amounts of bromelain that is responsible for cancer prevention, reduction in inflammation as well as a good digestive system.
Pineapple is full of important nutrients that human body needs on a daily basis. It contains vitamin C and manganese that are helpful in healing sore gums. It also contains vitamin B1, vitamin B6 as well as folate that go a long way in maintaining strength of human body. Pineapples contain three kinds of carbohydrates called glucose, sucrose and fructose. They are necessary for chemical reactions in the body and a single cup of pineapples has around 21.7 grams of carbohydrates.
Certain diseases can prevent the body from healing itself properly. A weak body cannot sustain its cellular growth hence the person’s life could be in danger. The high quantity of bromelain in pineapples has shown to increase the healing ability in human beings. The research findings were used to manufacture and promote pineapple lotions. Pineapples are found to assist stomach and helps digestion. Pineapples help in steering clear of bloating and other gastrointestinal problems such as constipation.
Pineapple contains manganese that is important for bone regeneration as well as bone growth. The amount of manganese contained by pineapples is a perfect substitute for meat or milk. A study confirmed that by eating one cup of pineapple the human body is able to consume 65% of daily mineral intake.
Research has proved that pineapple helps in improvement of eyesight. It promotes tissue and cellular health of skin and prevents skin problems due to cellular degeneration. It increases collagen synthesis which is an integral part of skin health. Pineapple reduces mucus production during common cold. Since pineapples also consist of astringent therefore they prevent bacteria from affecting gums and this is a wonderful quality possessed by the fruit that is unique and second to none. Pineapple is consumed the world over and remains in great demand. TW