“While you eat it – he eats you!” – a series of articles about the benefits of pineapple. In the first part of the article we will look at the botanical features of pineapple, its distribution, use in cosmetology and cooking, and you will also learn the recipe of mask with pineapple for the face from acne and pimples.
Botanical characteristic of pineapple
(Ananas comosus), family — Bromeliaceae
Pineapple is a tropical herbaceous perennials. Reaches up to one meter in height. The leaflets are long, narrow, juicy and jagged at the edges.
The fruit is formed on the top of the stem due to the accretion of flowers besides leaflets perianth. Pineapple ripe fruit is like a big fir-cone, weighing up to 4 kg. Pineapple usually has a golden brown color, but the hue depends on the variety. At the top remains a bunch of short green leaves. Pineapple resemble spliced berries, like raspberries, for example. Seeds, though present in pineapple, but they do not develop. Unripe pineapple burns lips, and has a strong laxative effect, can lead to indigestion. How to choose a ripe pineapple – read here.
Pineapple habitat and distribution
The Brazil is considered the birthplace of pineapple. The plant was discovered in 1493 by the discoverers of the lands – the research crew of Christopher Columbus, although the first records about pineapple are dated 1398. Spaniards and Portuguese spread pineapple to tropical and subtropical countries. And in the future, Europeans have adapted to grow pineapple in greenhouses. To the east, the perennial was brought already in the XVIII century.
Chemical composition of pineapple
100 g of nutrient product contains:
- Carbohydrates – 11.8 g;
- Proteins – 0.3 g;
- Fat – 0.1 g;
- Magnesium, calcium, iron, potassium, phosphorus, sodium;
- Ascorbic acid – 11 mg;
Vitamins of group B:
- Thiamine – 0.06 mg;
- Riboflavin – 0.02 g;
- Pantothenic acid – 0.16 mg;
- Pyridoxine – 0.1 mg;
- Folate – 5 mcg;
- Vitamin A – 3 mcg;
- Beta-carotene – 0.02 mg;
- Vitamin PP – 0.4 mg.
Applying of pineapple
Pineapple is very popular in oriental cuisine. The most popular dish is roasted meat with pineapples, although it is added to salads and, often, eaten fresh. Its taste gives the dishes a touch of spice.
Pineapple has amazing properties. In cosmetology not only juice is used, but also essential oil. It is added to scrubs, lotions, tonics and creams. Most often, this is a category of anti-aging and anti-cellulite cosmetics. Pineapple extract is also found in creams for problem skin – masked against acne and purulent inflammations.
Health recipes with pineapple
Face mask: The problem – acne and purulent inflammation of the skin.
Grind 100 grams of fresh pineapple pulp (pre-peeled). Mix with one teaspoon of liquid honey, and a little oatmeal until thick gruel. The mask is ready. It can be used only once, it is undesirable to store residues for reuse. The recommended holding time is 10-15 minutes. Rinse with warm water. Make sure that the mask does not get into your eyes.
Interesting facts about pineapple
- Earlier fir-cones to be called “pineapple”;
- Under favorable conditions, the lifetime of a pineapple is 50 years;
- The largest pineapple plantation is located on the Hawaiian Islands, but 75% of the fruit sold is from Costa Rica;
- In ancient times, the Brazilian aborigines not only ate the fruit, but also decorated their houses with them to show their hospitality;
- Superstition about pineapple says that prosperity is waiting for someone who will celebrate the new year, decorating the table and accommodation with pineapple;
- From the leaves of pineapple produce a gentle fiber, and create women’s underwear, shirts and kerchiefs;
- In Brazil, the expression “peel the pineapple” also means “do the hard work”;
- From the fruit is made a wine.
On the multifaceted benefits of pineapple, also about contraindications to use, read here.