ABC SUPERFOODS: P is for Pineapple

Pineapple

Benefits
Pineapples contain lots of vitamin C and manganese. The former reduces histamine (the culprit for cold symptoms), while the latter helps to build and keep bones strong. a deficiency in manganese can lead to such issues as osteoporosis, so eating one cup of fresh pineapple is extremely beneficial as it provides over 100% of the Daily Value (DV). Fresh pineapple outperforms many of the pharmaceutical drugs on the market. The bromelain contained in pineapple helps to reduce the risk for cancer and is one of the best anti-inflammatory agents that has been researched.

At the Market
-You may be surprised to find out that the color of a pineapple’s shell is not a reliable indicator that the fruit is ripe.
-Also, did you know that leaves that are pulled off easily from a pineapple’s stem is NOT an indicator of ripe fruit?
-Smell the stem end. If it smell fermented, skip over it. A good pineapple will have a sweet fragrance.
-The stem’s leaves should not be browned or yellowed at the tips, but deep green.
-Purchase firm and plump pineapples.
-Avoid fruit with soft spots or bruises.
-Buy fresh rather than canned since the canning process destroys the bromelain, but if fresh isn’t available, check the ingredient list to be sure there is no added sugar.

In the Kitchen
-Start by cutting off both ends of the pineapple.
-Next, place the fruit on its side in a shallow dish to keep the juice from seeping all over the counter.
-Then, cut the pineapple into 1/2-inch slices and remove the outer shell.
-Finally, use a sharp knife to remove the tough core of the fruit.
-Store uncut pineapples at room temperature.
-In gelatin dishes, be sure to only use cooked or canned pineapple as fresh will prevent gelling.
-For the greatest health benefits, blend the pineapple core into your next smoothie.
-Cut-up pineapple stored in the fridge will retain its nutrients for at least 6 days.

Recipe

Pineapple Whip
 pineapple

1 whole pineapple – cut up and frozen overnight
1 cup of coconut milk (or milk of choice)

Place frozen chunks of pineapple and coconut milk into a food processor or high powered blender. Turn on food processor and blend until the consistency becomes creamy.  You may have to stop several times and scoop down the pineapple. If desired, put mixture in a plastic bag with the end cut off and put in ice cream cups. Makes about 3-4 servings.

Recipe and picture taken from Hip2Save.

How do you like to cook/bake with pineapple?

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