THE ROMANTIC HISTORY OF PINEAPPLES:
Pineapples are scientifically known as " Ananas comosus" and they belong to the family of Bromeliaceae, of the genus; Ananas. Pineapples are eaten and enjoyed in every part of the world. It is incredible that many of the pineapple eaters don't even know the history as well as the country it first originated from.
I said it had a romantic history because it was fabled that when it came to countries in Europe, only princes and princesses, Kings, Queens and noble men and ladies in love could enjoy the privilege of eating them.
This wonderful 'ananas' plant first originated from Paraguay in South America. No body has ever proved how they came by it but the history of the arrival of this great plant and its fruit have made the world great through not only its food values, but it's nutritional and health values!
The growth and the cultivation of this wonder plant quickly spread through out the other parts of South America as well as to the tropical countries of West Indies. I don't even know how it came to Nigeria but I guess, the Europeans brought the plants and fruits to Nigeria.
However, history had it that this wonder plant reached the shores of Spain when Christopher Columbus discovered Americas in 1493. From there on, all the countries in Europe not only tasted the fruits but started to cultivate them.
But before the planting, or cultivation and eating spread to all parts of Europe and the world at large, it was very exclusive and the poor, peasant communities never tasted and never ate them! From then on wards, the planting, cultivating and eating spread all over the world, perhaps to reach Nigeria as well.
DEFINITION: "Naturally, pineapples is a tropical, perennial, drought-tolerant plant that grows up to 4-6 feet in height and spreads around about three to four feet. Basically, "it is a short, stout stem with a rosette waxy long,needle-tipped leaves"
As a plant, it bears several long oval to cylindrical fruits during its season. In addition, its pulp is juicy, natural,fleshy with stem serving as a supporting fibrous core. "The outer, rough, tough,scaly rind may be dark green, yellow, orange-yellow or reddish when the fruit is totally ripe".
To eat the pineapple fruit, you have to peel of the tough, rough and scaly body. The inside of an average pineapple fruit can be juicy,yellowish, creamy-white as seen in many different species of pineapples. With the most famous specie of the Nigerian pineapples "Queens" is out of this world and super white-creamy colour!
The Nigerian 'queens' pineapples are relatively unique in every facet! Once they are peeled, every part of them are not only bigger, juicy, sweet, eatable; but soft, tender and succulent with unique aromatic flavours! In comparison, Nigerian queens pineapple is a better specie than most of the pineapples I have seen and eaten!
Juicing queens pineapple is easy and of nutritional and health benefits and values more than most pineapples! On juicing, I obtained about 450mls of juice compared with 200-300mls of other species of pineapples.
EAT NIGERIAN PINEAPPLES ESPECIALLY THE QUEENS PINEAPPLES:
Eat Nigerian pineapples because they are excellent source of antioxidant vitamins and vitamin C! In fact, 100g fruit of pineapple contains 47.8 or 80% of this vital vitamin.
Naturally, "Vitamin C is required for the collagen synthesis in the body" You may ask, what is collagen? Collagen is the main structural protein in the body required for the maintenance of the the integrity of blood vessels, skins, organs and bones".
Eat Nigerian pineapples, like other pineapples, they contain a certain amount of vitamin A and provides 58.14 per 100g and beta-carotene levels. Vitamin A is also required in maintaining healthy mucus membranes, skin and vision. Pineapples contain vitamins and minerals such as calcium, potassium, fibre and it is also low in fat!
It is equally rich in manganese, a mineral that's needed for the body to build healthy bone and connective tissues. Do you know that eating pineapples relieve coughs and cold? Yes it does and much more than that,the super nutrients in pineapples known as Bromelain is alleged to suppress dry coughs and loosen mucus.
Bromelain also helps with digestion. Eating one slice of pineapple after meals will equally reduce gas, bloating, nausea; constipation as well as symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome.
In addition, all pineapples including those in Nigeria are rich in B-complex group of vitamins like folates, thiamin, pyridoxine; riboflavin and minerals such as copper, manganese and Potassium.
Potassium, is an important component of cell and body fluids, helps in controlling heart rate and blood pressure. Copper too, is also very helpful co-factor for red blood cell synthesis. Manganese, is also a co-factor for the enzyme superoxide dismutase, which is a very powerful free radical scavenger". Eat Nigerian pineapples and other pineapples of the world for good health and long life!
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