THE PINEAPPLE – Sweet, Sassy & Exotic Fruit

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By Ronna L. Clements The Pineapple Contributing Writer Pineapples are quite an interesting fruit. Not only do they have many health benefits, but years ago they were considered a crown jewel food among the wealthy before they became abundant in supply. Pineapples were always served in highclass society and eaten as a finishing touch at luxurious American banquets. They were considered the height of extravagant hospitality. For many years, pineapples grew wild. It is recorded that Christopher Columbus brought the pineapple from South American back to Europe as one of the exotic prizes of the new world. Finally, Captain John Kidwell founded Hawaii’s pineapple industry in the 1800’s importing and testing a number of varieties for commercial crop potential. But it wasn’t until Jim Dole arrived in the islands that the pineapple was transformed from an American symbol of friendship and exotic locales into an American household staple. Interestingly, pineapples are not just one fruit but a composite of many flowers whose individual fruitlets fuse together around a central core. Each fruitlet can be identified by an “eye,” the rough spiny marking on the pineapple’s surface. A wonderful healing property of this fruit is that it contains Bromelain which is a proteolytic enzyme (an enzyme that digests proteins). It is wonderful for poor digestion and constipation, hence is a healing enzyme for digestive ailments. Pineapples can also be used in detoxification diets as they are a food that helps to eliminate body acids. Bromelain also has profound antiinflammatory properties which help in healing muscle injuries and sprains making it is a good food choice for avid exercisers. In addition, clinical trials suggest that Bromelain can improve symptoms of heart pain which can develop from the heart muscle not getting enough oxygen-rich blood. Pineapples are a superb source of Vitamin C, Manganese and Vitamin B1 which are extremely important for the immune system and energy production. When eaten, it leaves an alkaline ash which helps to keep our tissues at an optimal PH level for a stable internal body environment. Pineapple can be left at room temperature for a few days before serving yet they are very perishable so watch them closely to ensure they do not spoil. After a few days, if you are still not ready to consume the pineapple, wrap it in a plastic bag and store it in the refrigerator where it will keep for a maximum of three to five days. Pineapples have a vibrant tropical flavor that is both sweet and tart and can be eaten alone or with other fruits and nuts. So, when you’re in the mood to be sassy, enjoy this sweet fruit with all of its wonderful healthy and healing benefits. What a terrific name for our favorite community newspaper! Ronna Clements is a Natural Health & Wellness Innovator who has been helping people lead healthier lives for over 25 years. She is a graduate of Springfield College and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Physiology. Ronna is also a Certified Specialist in Cellular Regeneration & Detoxification, Advanced Colon Hydrotherapy and Iridology. Ronna can be reached at: ronnaclements@aol.com or 561-632-9187 www.theprogrambyronna.com