Pineapples are a tropical fruit that grow year-round, belonging to the Bromeliaceae family. Pineapple is technically a group of berries – what is termed coalesced berries, grown on a tropical plant.
Some people think its weird to put pineapple on pizza… those people are commonly known as idiots. Pineapples can also go in burgers, salsa, or even a curry. Or, just slice and eat as is for a refreshing, nutritious snack! For something a little different, try our grilled pineapple recipe for a dessert the whole family will love.
We tend to select topless pines as they are a sweet variety that packs well into the boxes. Other common varieties include Smooth & Rough, which refers to the texture of the leaf.
Pineapples have impressive immune-boosting health benefits. They are an excellent source of vitamin C, important for a healthy, functioning immune system – a serve of pineapple (164g) provides 25.5mg of vitamin C, more than half of the daily target for adults. Bromelain is an enzyme found in pineapples, which has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties, and may have particular benefits to colon health. With their fibre content, pineapples are a terrific food for gut health.
Whole pineapples can be stored at room temperature for a couple of days, but it is recommended to chop and refrigerate pineapple within a couple of days of purchase, storing it in an airtight container, and consuming within 4-5 days. Use a long sharp knife to slice off the peel in downward strokes, then slice, cutting out the tough core from the centre of each slice – the core is not as enjoyable to eat due to its woody texture, however can be reserved and frozen to add to smoothies, or used to flavour home-made kombucha!
Storing any uneaten pineapple pieces in an air-tight container in the fridge will keep it nice and fresh, and will ensure you always have some delicious pineapple on hand, ready to enjoy.