Tropical pineapple and Pineapple Baby
TROPICAL PINEAPPLE AND PINEAPPLE BABY.
INTRODUCTION

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The pineapple belongs to the family of the Bromelias, which comprises approximately 1.400 plants species, almost all herbaceous ones, of perennial sheet and with very showy flowers. Some of them produce enzymes proteolíticas (that disintegrate the proteins of the food) and are located especially in tropical America.




ORIGIN AND VARIETIES

The tropical pineapple comes from South America, specifically from Brazil. There it was where the Spanish and Portuguese settlers found it. It is the fruit of the plant known as Pineapples; the Portugueses keep on supporting this original name that for the natives means "excellent fruit".

Three botanical varieties of tropical pineapple are known: Sativus (without seeds), Comosus (it forms seeds capable of germinating) and Lucidus (it allows an easier compilation because his sheets do not possess thorns).

The principal producing countries are China, the United States, Brazil, Thailand, the Philippines, Costa Rica and Mexico.

The pineapple baby, it is a dwarf pineapple proceeding from South Africa, very aromatic and with the same properties of the pineapple but corrected and developing.


HIS BEST EPOCH

We can have this valued fruit in any season, since his cultivation is realized in very distant different countries geographically.

CHARACTERISTICS

It forms: they are infrutescencias of oval and thick form.

Size and weight: the tropical pineapple measures approximately 30 centimeters and has a diameter of 15. His weight is about two kilos. The pineapple baby weighs between 300 and 700 grams.

Color: in both the pulp of yellow or white color is surrounded with bracts that form the skin of the fruit; in the top end the bracts transform in a showy crown of green sheets.

Flavor: the pulp is very aromatic and of sweet flavor. The small pineapples usually have a flavor more delicate than the big ones. The pineapple baby has the gustatory and developing properties of the tropical pineapple, corrected.

The fruit is mature when it changes the color of the rind of the green to the yellow one into the base of the same one. The pineapples are not climacteric fruits, by what they must be harvested when they are ready to be consumed, since they do not mature after his compilation. A minimal content of solid soluble of 12 % and a maximum acidity of 1 % they will assure an acceptable minimal flavor to the consumers.


HOW TO CHOOSE IT AND TO PRESERVE IT


The pineapples are mature in the moment in which the tops of the bracts change the green color to the orange one, although the color of the fruit is green.


If the end of the stem is musty or spotted, the withered sheets or the struck, better fruit not to buy it. His smell must be a sweet in the base and the rind of the fruit must not sink under the pressure of the finger.


The pineapple is a fruit very fragile and sensitive to the sudden changes of temperature. It is possible to preserve for some days in a fresh and dry place, although never in the refrigerator because it deteriorates to temperatures lower than 7ºC.


Once bare and cut, the pineapple can survive in the icebox covered with a bundle of plastic, although it has to be consumed as soon as possible. From the ideal ripeness point it begins to lose his succulence with big rapidity.



Composition for 100 grams of eatable portion
Calories 46
Carbohydrates (g) 11,5
Fibre (g) 1,2
Potassium (mg) 250
Magnesium (mg) 14
I iodize (mcg) 30
Vitamin C (mg) 20
Acid fólico (mcg) 11
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NOURISHING PROPERTIES


His water content is high. He emphasizes his carbohydrates contribution and of bromelina, an enzyme that it helps to the digestion of the proteins. In spite of his sweet flavor, his caloric value is moderate. With regard to other nutrients, he emphasizes his content of potassium, iodine and vitamin C. The potassium, it is a mineral necessary for the transmission and generation of the nervous impulse and for the normal muscular activity, it intervenes in the water balance inside and out of the cell. The iodine is indispensable for the good functioning of the thyroid gland, which regulates the metabolism. The vitamin C collaborates in the formation of collagen, bones and teeth, red globules and favors the absorption of the iron of the food and the resistance to the infections. The above mentioned vitamin possesses also antirust action, your fibre contribution improves the intestinal transit and he is of benefit to multiple alterations and illnesses.




AS REGARDS THE HEALTH
It is a sweet, fruit tasty and juicy, easy to eat. For his appearance, nourishing properties and flavor, his consumption is adapted in all the stages of the life.

It contains an enzyme, the bromelina or bromelaína, similar to the enzymes digestive, that helps to digest the proteins, therefore it turns out to be an ideal dessert to facilitate the digestion or like ingredient in salads to prepare to the stomach of the possible excesses.

For his vitamin contribution C, they are recommended especially for those who have a major risk of suffering lacks of the above mentioned vitamin: persons who do not tolerate the citrus fruits, the pepper or other vegetables, which are an almost exclusive vitamin source C in our feeding, or for persons whose nourishing needs are increased, periods of growth, pregnancy and breast feeding. Likewise, the tobacco, the abuse of the alcohol, the employment of certain medicines, the stress and diminished defenses, the intense physical activity, the cancer and the AIDS and the digestive losses caused by chronic inflammatory illnesses diminish the use and produce bad nutrients absorption. As antirust that is, this vitamin helps to reduce the risk of multiple illnesses, between them the cardiovascular ones, the degenerative ones and even the cancer.

His fibre content awards his laxative properties. The fibre prepares or improves the constipation, helps to reduce the cholesterol valuations in blood and to the good control of the glycemia in the person who has diabetes. He exercises an effect saciante, what he benefits to the persons who carry out a diet to lose weight. Also, for his carbohydrates content, wealth in potassium and under sodium contribution, the pineapple turns out to be very advisable for persons who suffer from arterial hypertension or complaints of blood glasses and heart.

Those who endure renal insufficiency and need diets low in potassium, will owe cpntrolar the pineapple ingestion. Nevertheless, to whom they take diuretics that eliminate potassium and to the persons with bulimia, the pineapple consumption is convenient for them.

The oxalic acid that contains the pineapple can form salt with certain minerals like the calcium and form oxalato calcic, by what his consumption has to be born in mind if this type of kidney stones is endured, since it might aggravate the situation.


CURIOSITIES
If one wants that this fruit turns out to be more sweet it is convenient to leave the whole night mouth below, since thus the sugar accumulated in the low part will spread to the rest of the fruit.

The exhibition of the pineapples to low temperatures to 7°C can produce damage for cold. The symptoms include opaque green color (the desverdizado of the rind does not happen appropriately), translucent areas or of watery appearance in the pulp, darkening of the textile of the heart, major susceptibility to the putrefactions, fading and loss of color of the sheets of the crown.


HOW TO PREPARE IT

It is consumed generally fresh, alone or in fruit salad, as well as being part of different desserts and preparations, in juice or in syrup.

For his consumption as fresh fruit it is to cut the base and the top part of the pineapple (feather duster), to place of vertical form and to cut in tracks like a melon. As soon as the tracks were cut, to cut the skin and to cut the pulp in triangles. To serve on his skin and to add a few lime drops to heighten his flavor. He marries very well some salty flavors and one of the kitchens that more uses this fruit is the small stone, internationally known. The pig or the duck, for example, of strong flavor, they get on perfectly with the pineapple. As for the pineapple baby, it is recommended to consume it to the native and to use it pansy, like receptacle to serve stuffed vegetables preparations with ham or shellfish, or of fruit salad with a ball of ice-cream, etc.



STUFFED PINEAPPLES

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Ingredients

- 4 pineapples baby of 600 grams
- 2 papayas
- 2 kiwis
- 2 sweet passionflowers
- lemon juice
- sugar
- colors morello cherries

To cut the pineapples longitudinally for the half and to withdraw carefully the pulp. Trocear the pulp, to peel and trocear the papayas and the kiwis, to divide the passionflowers and to take his pulp with help of a spoon. To spray everything with the juice of a lemon and to add sugar. To distribute the miscellany in the empty pineapples and to serve cold. To decorate with the colors morello cherries.



 
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