Pineapple is hardly considered an exotic fruit these days, but when they are grown in Garden of Lost Gardens of Heligan in the Cornwall, England – one pineapple cost about $1,600. The Lost Gardens of Heligan employs Victorian techniques that involve growing the pineapples under piles of straw,manure and horse urine. Horse manure is used because it is removing the heat to maintain the temperature of the pineapple plant to keep warm. The plant itself is called the pineapple takes up to two years to mature fruit.
Why is “ordinary” pineapple good for you?
We all know that eating fresh fruit provides your body with the vitamins and minerals it needs to stay healthy, and pineapple is no different.
- Pineapple is low in calories, sodium, saturated fats and cholesterol while being a rich source of fibre, so it’s the perfect weight loss food
- An excellent source of vitamin C and other antioxidants essential for collagen synthesis, Vitamin C also helps to maintain the integrity of your blood vessels, skin, organs and bones.
- Pineapple is also a rich source in Vitamin A and Beta-Carotene, which helps your immune system, eyesight and protects from free radicals; Vitamins B1 and B6 which are good for energy production and the breakdown of sugars and starches in your digestive system; copper, which helps red blood cell synthesis; and potassium, which assists in controlling the heart rate and blood pressure.
- The Bromelain enzyme is generally found in the stem or core of a pineapple and helps to digest food by breaking down the protein particles within it. Promoting a healthy digestive system, it’s great for a natural detox and has also been known for its anti-inflammatory and anti-clotting properties.
- Pineapple is also known for its high level of manganese. The Manganese mineral is an essential element for energy production, while protecting your cells from free radicals. It helps your body use key nutrients including thiamine and biotin, keeps your bones healthy and helps synthesise fatty foods.