Pineapples - Facts - Health Benefits

One of the most loved tropical fruits, pineapples remind us of white beaches and palms in Hawaii. Called, "fruit of the kings", they have always been considered a delicious gift of nature.

They were popularized in America at the beginning of the 20th century, when James D. Dole started canning them and selling them common people, thanks to favorable law and technology conditions.

Pineapples are thought to be native of South America, where local peoples called them "delicious fruit" in their local dialect: they were imported to Europe by Christopher Columbus, and later by Magellan: their sweet taste made them a trend that helped them spread to Asia and India, as well as the whole Europe.

Pineapples have several health benefits, mostly due to their high content in antioxidants and proteolitic enzymes that aid in digestion, as well as containing no fats, lots of phytonutrients and vitamins and being low-calorie.

Did you know pineapple plants can be easily grown in your garden or even indoors? They require very little maintenance (watering once a week, and fertilizing once a month) and are very suitable for teaching children how to cultivate.

The machine used in 1900 to can pineapples is still used today, and is known as a "Ginaca machine", named after its inventor: this splendid piece of machinery can core and shell a hundred pineapples per minute!

All these facts are treated in much more detail in their respective sections, which I urge you to browse: you will find several easy-to-read instructions and facts (I especially love the section about growing pineapples) and I've tried to include illustrative images wherever possible.

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