Did you know…..
That the common name for ‘Ananas Comosus’ is Pineapple, a short stout fruit bearing plant of the Bromeliaceae family, native to the tropical forests of South America and some Southeast Asian countries. As an edible fruit, the pineapple is a good source of vitamin A and B for healthy eyes and skin, Vitamin C for healthy tissue; and minerals, especially manganese important to building and maintaining our bones. The enzyme Bromelain found in it, breaks down proteins in food and aids in digestion; helps relieve arthritic pain, and may also prevent blood clots and heart related chest pain.
Eating fresh pineapple has been recommended to relieve pain and swelling of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. My favorite way of dealing with aches and pain…. naturally. Keep in mind the key word here is FRESH. The pineapple aside from being eaten fresh, from the can, dried or squeezed and turned into juice has many other uses. Its syrup can be used in processed foods and its skin into cattle feeds. The leaves contain fibers that can be made into rope, fabric, sacks, mats, bags and netting. It can also be used as a vegetable dye and produces the colour green. The variegated leaves are also use as ornaments. The leaf fibers have also been experimentally used to produce paper.
Like a lot of fruit commercially traded today, the pineapple is grown on special plantations. Approximate annual world product exceeds three and a half million tons today.