Let’s face it: pineapples are weird. They look weird, they’re weird to cut into, we can’t figure out where they come from or how they grow but thankfully these 9 mind blowing facts will not only prove just how strangely awesome pineapples are, they will also demystify the sweet fruit forever.
– It takes almost 3 years for a single pineapple to reach maturation.
– Once harvested, pineapples don’t continue to ripen; That means that every single pineapple in the grocery store is as ripe as it will ever be so don’t buy one and save it for a week, thinking it will ripen. The difference in colors is mostly based on where the pineapples were grown so a green pineapple can be just as sweet and delicious as a golden brown one.
– Besides fruit salads and tropical drinks, pineapples are also used to make wine.
– There is a recurring legend that pineapples make a man’s seminal fluids taste “sweeter.”
– Pineapple is good for colds and coughs? Pineapples are packed with Vitamin C and all the flu fighting goodness you’d expect to get from oranges except pineapples have something EXTRA special! Bromelain, an enzyme which is found in pineapples, is excellent for digestion and has been found to help suppress coughs and loosen mucus.
– Pineapple plant can fruit for up to 50 years in the wild
– The word “pineapple” was first used in 1398 in reference to a pine cone. It is derived from the Spanish word “piña” which means pine cone. This was changed nearly 300 years later with the word “pine cone” being introduced so pineapple could be used exclusively for the fruit. You might also recognise the Spanish word “piña” from the name of the most popular pineapple drink the piña colada.
– Pineapple canneries use every bit of the pineapple. The skins, core and end portions are used to make a variety of products including vinegar, alcohol and animal food. It’s always great when you don’t have to waste anything.
– Pineapple is not, strictly speaking, a fruit. Rather it is 100-200 fruitlets all fused together!