What is the origin of the pineapple? Does the edible fruit have any nutritional value? Review these facts about the beloved fruit of the pineapple.
Rudimentary Facts About the Pineapple
Even though the edible fruit is available all year round, its prime harvesting season starts in March and ends in June.
Green, brown and yellowing skin forms a rough edged prickly exterior. The pineapple rounds off in the shape of a cylinder. The edible fruit, crowned by sword like leaves, gives way to a fibrous, yellow sweet and sour aroma.
Oxford Dictionary says that the low growing, pineapple is a member of the Bromeliaceae.
In comparison to other edible fruit, the pineapple is a beloved ingredient of gift baskets and centerpieces. When carved and presented by Edible Arrangements, the Fresh Fruit Bouquet Company the Fruit Flower create stunning
Edible Fruit History of the Pineapple
Legend has it that the pineapple, the international symbol of hospitality was the inspiration of seafaring captains from the 1400s to the 1500s. Upon the return from the Caribbean islands, sailors trophied a pineapple, which often symbolized prestige.
Pineapples were first cultivated in Hawaii in the 18th century, where the edible fruit grows today, the only place where the fruit grows in the United States.
Long before Edible Arrangements, the Fresh Fruit Bouquet Company and Fruit Flower were established, pineapples were packaged by the Dole company, founded by James Dole.
Today, many US homes of the South display a replica of the pineapple on the front door, gate or other exterior facade of the property.
Pineapple’s Primary Nutritional Values
One cup of sliced pineapples contains 2-grams of fiber with a caloric value of 82.5. However, it is noteworthy that most of the pineapple’s calories are a byproduct of its sugar content.
Pineapples complement the protein quality of a well balanced diet. With 100 being the best, pineapples have an amino acid score of 81 per serving (1-cup).
As far as vitamins and other nutrients, the pineapple contains an abundance of thiamin, copper, Manganese, Vitamin C and Vitamin B6.
Researchers at the University of Innsbruck in Austria theorize that antioxidant levels peak in pineapples at its most ripened state or when its on the verge of spillage.
A cup of pineapples exceeds the recommended daily value of vitamins C by 31.4 percent.