Organic Pineapple (kg)
Pineapple flesh is very rich in vitamin C, manganese and dietary fibre. They also contain a small amount of thiamine, folate and vitamin B6. Bromelain, an enzyme, has anti-inflammatory properties, which is why it is sometimes used as a remedy to improve digestion.
PROPERTIES OF THE PINEAPPLE
The main nutritional component of the pineapple, like most fruits, is water (85 %), which makes it a very low calorie food.
Fresh pineapple is rich in vitamins, mainly vitamin C (12 mg/100 g). It also contains vitamins A, B1 and folic acid, but in lower percentages than vitamin C.
In terms of mineral content, it is rich in potassium, magnesium and iron.
Pineapple has an enzyme, bromelain, found in the stem and fruit, which facilitates digestion. In particular, it has the virtue of breaking down proteins and converting them into amino acids, which aids the digestive process.
Health benefits of pineapple
Pineapple is considered a “medical food” because of its richness in vitamins, but above all because of its enzyme properties.
IT IS THE DIGESTIVE FRUIT
The inclusion of pineapple in first courses is particularly beneficial because it stimulates the production of gastric juices. It is particularly suitable for digesting proteins.
People with dyspepsia, whether due to hypochlorhydria – lack of gastric juices – or gastric atony – difficulty in emptying the stomach – have an ally in pineapple if eaten fresh, as the heat cancels out the action of bromelain.
However, pineapple consumption is contraindicated in people suffering from gastroduodenal ulcer and gastritis due to its acid content and its capacity to increase the production of gastric juices.
It has been indicated in cases of diarrhoea, as it seems to inhibit the growth of intestinal microbes (anti-purulent action) and improves the receptors of the intestine.
Both the fruit and the root decoction are traditionally recommended in the treatment of intestinal parasites.
Pineapple is an excellent remedy for the liver and regular consumption is known to increase circulation in this vital organ.
It has a remarkable anti-inflammatory action, useful in cases of tendinitis and rheumatic conditions with oedema of the limbs.
PROTECTIVE AGAINST CANCER
Interferes with the development of malignant cells (reducing the risk of metastasis of some cancers) and appears to enhance the effects of chemotherapy.
Inhibits platelet aggregation and exerts fibrinolytic activity, reducing the risk of embolism.
In case of colds, catarrh or sinusitis, especially if accompanied by mucus, pineapple is an excellent food supplement, as it has a proteolytic action that dissolves the mucus, making it more liquid and greatly helps to eliminate it.
Its vitamin C content is also beneficial for colds and coughs.
GOOD FOR THE SKIN
It helps to clean and heal skin ulcers and to improve the healing of burns.
Pineapple in the kitchen
Taken in its natural state, it allows you to fully enjoy all its appetizing and digestive properties. However, its original texture and its sweet and sour taste make it a versatile ingredient in the kitchen.
It can be used in sweet recipes and desserts as well as in a wide range of savoury dishes, as it is used in oriental cuisine, especially in spicy recipes and curries.
Its aromatic, fleshy and consistent pulp makes it ideal for grilling, roasting or in countless stews. This exotic fruit can be used to enrich rice dishes or as a delicious garnish, which also takes advantage of its proteolytic effect.
For the same reason, pineapple is a very interesting ingredient in seitan or other protein-rich recipes, but also in vegetable fillings and other vegetarian delicacies, to which it brings light and joy.