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Pineapples, an all year round tropical fruit


By: Information courtesy of Aussie Pineapples

We love pineapples especially in winter when our bodies crave something sweet, and because we love them so much we thought you should know how good for you pineapples are. Here are some facts about this gorgeous Aussie golden fruit.

What they are good for

Pineapples are an incredibly versatile fruit that can complement sweet or savoury dishes or simply be eaten on its own.

Production

Around 35 million pineapples produced year around. This is around 1.5 pineapples per person in Australia!

Seasonality

Pineapples, despite their summery flair, are produced and available year-round in Australia, making them a staple for any good fruit bowl.
During cooler months, sweet pineapples have their crowns removed to signal that they are a higher quality, sweeter variety. Growers developed this type which is suited specifically for Queensland's sub-tropical growing conditions. The crowns are then replanted to create a new crop of pineapples.
There are a number of pineapple varieties that are available year-round, all delivering a taste of an endless summer.

Nutrition

Pineapples pack a nutritional, immune-boosting, punch!

One serve of pineapple is 164g, or just over half a cup.

Pineapples are an excellent source of vitamin C, important for a healthy, functioning immune system.

A serve of pineapple provides 25.5 mg of vitamin C, more than half of the daily target for Australian adults (57%).

Pineapples are an excellent source of manganese, important for bone health.

A serve of pineapple provides 1.4mg of manganese, providing 28% of the daily requirement for adult women, and 25% of the daily target for adult men.

Pineapples provide a good source of thiamin, magnesium and vitamin B6, which all act to keep the body healthy and functioning:

  • Thiamin is necessary for energy and the proper functioning of the nervous system

  • Magnesium is an essential mineral required for proper nerve and muscle function, for strong bones and a healthy heart

  • Vitamin B6 plays an integral role in many body systems, particularly protein metabolism, which is necessary for the nervous system and is central to serotonin production that helps to regulate mood

    Bromelain is an interesting phytochemical found in pineapples, which has been shown to be an anti-inflammatory and may have particular benefits in colon health. Combined with the good fibre content, pineapples are a terrific fruit for gut health.

    How to pick
    When pineapples hit stores shelves, they are ripe and ready to go! They may differ in colour from winter to summer, but that fantastically Aussie taste always remains.

    Select fruit that feels heavy for its size and check it doesn't have soft spots or bruises.

    In the summer months, when pineapples have their tops intact, the leaves should be fresh and green.

    How to prepare

    Use a large sharp knife and always cut away from your body:

    1. Chop off both the base and the top, just below the leaves.
    2. Slice down around the edges to remove the skin.
    3. Cut pineapple lengthwise in half and then into quarters.
    4. Remove the core (or leave it if you prefer your pineapple crunchy).
    5. Slice quarters into bite size pieces.

    How to store

    Once you've cut your pineapple, place into an airtight container and it will last up to six days in the fridge and up to six months in the freezer.

    Pineapples don't need to ripen at home. You can start to enjoy them straight away.

    They can be left at room temperature for a couple of days but to keep pineapple extra fresh keep it refrigerated.

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