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 for a pineapple face mask to combat acne and pimples.
Botanical characteristics of pineapple
(Ananas comosus), family — Bromeliaceae
Pineapple is a tropical herbaceous perennial. It 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 perianth leaflets. Ripe pineapple fruit is like a big fir-cone, weighing up to 9 lbs. Pineapple usually has a golden-brown color, but the hue depends on the variety. Located at the top are a bunch of short green leaves. Pineapples resemble spliced berries, like raspberries, for example. Seeds, though present in pineapple, do not develop. Unripe pineapple burns the lips, and has a strong laxative effect, which can lead to indigestion. How to choose a ripe pineapple – read here.
Pineapple’s habitat and distribution
Brazil is considered the birthplace of pineapple. The plant was discovered in 1493 by the discoverers of this land – the research crew of Christopher Columbus (although the first records about pineapple are dated 1398). Spaniards and the Portuguese spread pineapple to tropical and subtropical countries. Later, Europeans had adapted to grow pineapple in greenhouses. To the east, the perennial was brought in the 18th 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.
Application 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, it is used in the category of anti-aging and anti-cellulite cosmetics. Pineapple extract is also found in creams for skin problems– fighting against acne and purulent inflammations.
Health recipes with pineapple
Face mask: 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 to a thick gruel. The mask is ready. It can be used only once; it is undesirable to store residue for reuse. The recommended setting time for your mask is 10-15 minutes. Rinse with warm water. Make sure that the mask does not get into your eyes.
Interesting facts about pineapple
- Before, fir-cones were called “pineapples”;
- 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;
- The leaves of pineapple produce a gentle fiber, and are used to make women’s underwear, shirts and kerchiefs;
- In Brazil, the expression “peel the pineapple” also means “do the hard work”;
- • The Fruit can be used to make a wine.
To learn more about the multifaceted benefits of pineapple/contraindications to use, read here.