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Pineapple

Pineapple
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Availability

Pineapples are imported and are available all year round.

 

Storage and Handling

Ripen on the bench and store in the fridge once cut. Handle all fresh produce with care and wash before eating.

 

History

Pineapples are native to Brazil.  Cultivation by the Indian people saw pineapple plants spread up through South America.  Spanish explorers took the fruit back to Spain.  They were carried on ships to help prevent the disease, scurvy.

 

Facts

  • Pineapples have an enzyme that can tenderise meat if used in a marinade
  • The fruit was first called “Anana” meaning “excellent fruit” in the Carribean
  • The Spanish explorers thought pineapples looked like pinecones, so they called them "Pina." 
  • The English added "apple" to associate it with juicy, delectable fruit

 

Growing Facts

  • Pineapple plants grow from the crowns of other pineapples that have been hand planted  
  • They grow to about 120cm and produce one pineapple per season
  • Once picked pineapples become juicier but not sweeter
  • Pineapple plants can continue to fruit for up to 50 years
  • Pineapples grow well in Hawaii and Central and South America

Nutrition Information

Serving size: 1 slice (1.5 x 9cm diam.) - 110g

Avg Quantity per serving Avg Quantity per 100g
Energy (kJ/Cal) 250/60 227/54
Protein (g) 0.6 0.5
Fat, total (g) 0.2 0.2
- saturated (g) trace trace
Carbohydrate (g) 12.5 11.4
- sugars (g) 12.5 11.4
Dietary Fibre (g) 2.3 2.1
Sodium (mg) 2 2
Vitamin C (mg) 27.5 25
Potassium (mg) 275 250
Vitamin B6 (mg) 0.1 0.09
Iron (mg) 0.4 0.4

Source: The Concise New Zealand Food Composition Tables, 8th Edition, Plant & Food Research

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