Ananas

Ananas

Nutritional qualities and health benefits

  • It has high content of vitamin C and antioxidants.
  • Pineapples containing bromelain, an enzyme that is gastrointestinal, inflammatory and interferes the growth of malignant cells. It is also diuretic, slightly antiseptic, detoxifying, antacid and worming.
  • Bromelain is also anti-inflammatory, to treat muscle and joint pain.
  • Bromelain, being diuretic has been used in anti-cellulite treatments.
  • Its important fiber and pectin content helps relieve constipation.

 

Origin and cultivation

The pineapple is native to southern Brazil and Paraguay. After the discovery of America was expanding throughout Europe, Africa, China and the Philippines. Today is the second volume in tropical crop, second only to bananas. The main producers are Brazil, Costa Rica, China, Philippines, India and Thailand.

Common names

Scientific name: Ananas comosus. The term "pineapple" was adopted for its resemblance to the cone of a conifer; the word pineapple is Guaraní, the vocable nana nana, meaning 'perfume of the perfumes ". In Spanish is called piña.

Curiosities

  • Is the most distinctive fruit that exists, none will appear.
  • Caused the crew of Christopher Columbus a great feeling on the island of Guadeloupe in 1493.: The first fruit survived the return journey saw as a discovery almost as important as the New World.
  • The pineapple was released with exorbitant prices because of their exotic nature of luxury among the European nobility.
  • It has spread worldwide since the sailors were in their boats to combat scurvy.
  • In herbalism India the leaves are used to promote the onset of menstruation and relieve painful periods.
  • Juice an excellent and very aromatic vinegar is produced.


Ingredients dehydrated pineapple

Dehydrated pineapple, cane sugar, citric acid. Conservative E220 (sulfite).

 

Ingredients dehydrated organic pineapple

Dehydrated organic pineapple. Gluten free.

Sources consulted

Lyle, Susanna. Enciclopedia de las frutas del mundo. David Baterman Ltd. (ed. Lit.); Parangona Realitzacio Editorial SL (trad.). Barcelona: De Vecchi, 2007. 480 p. ISBN: 978-84-315-5164-3

Flowerdew, Bob. El gran libro de las frutas. Kyle Cathie Limited (ed. Lit.); Anna Turró/Montse Pratsobrerroca (trad.). Barcelona: RBA Libros, S.A., 2006. 256 p. ISBN: 978-84-787-1595-4

Chevallier, Andrew. Enciclopedia de plantas medicinales. Penny Warren (ed. Lit.) Madrid: Acento Editorial, 1997. 336 p. ISBN: 978-8448302450

http://botanical-online.com/pina.htm

http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ananas_comosus

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