Pineapples have exceptional juiciness and a vibrant tropical flavor that balances the tastes of sweet and tart.
Pineapples have a wide cylindrical shape, a scaly green, brown or yellow skin and a regal crown of spiny, blue-green leaves and fibrous yellow flesh. The area closer to the base of the fruit has more sugar content and therefore a sweeter taste and more tender texture.
Pineapples can be consumed fresh, cooked, juiced, and preserved, and are found in a wide array of cuisines.
An enzyme in pineapple known as Bromelain has been proven to be more effective than chemotoxic agent 5-Fluorouracil in killing cancer cells in animal model tests, which makes this slice of Iconic Hawaiian Cuisine not only a refreshing tropical treat, but an essential ally in the fight against cancer.
One cup of fresh pineapple chunks contain approximately 82 calories, 0 grams of fat, 0 grams of cholesterol, 2 milligrams of sodium, 22 grams of total carbohydrate (including 16 grams of sugar and 2.3 grams of fiber) and 1 gram of protein. One cup of fresh pineapple chunks provides 131% of your vitamin C needs for the day, 2% of vitamin A needs, 2% of calcium and 2% of iron.
Pineapple is also a source of important vitamins and minerals such as thiamin, riboflavin, vitamin B-6, folate, pantothenic acid, magnesium, manganese and potassium and antioxidants and polyphenols, such as beta-carotene.