5 Must-Know Things About Pineapple


Mmmm, Pineapple! It’s one of our favorite fruits to munch on. The sweet yet tangy tropical taste brings us back to summertime no matter what the weather is like outside. Pineapple is one of those fruits most people love for the flavor, but we have 5 more reasons for you to love it even more!

 


Symbol of Hospitality

Centuries ago when pineapples were discovered by Spanish explorers, pineapples became a luxurious welcome gift. In those times, traveling with fruits, especially pineapple was very difficult and being gifted a pineapple was very rare and precious. Women would even rent pineapples for parties to show hospitality and status. They would later return the fruit to be sold to a wealthy buying patron. In the 20th century, Sea Captains would place pineapples at the entrance of their homes to signal to friends that they had returned home. If you’ve ever wondered where the welcoming trend of pineapple home decor came from, this fruit has a long history of hospitality!

 

Bromelain Enzyme

The bromelain enzyme is a beneficial enzyme found uniquely in all parts of the pineapple. This enzyme is know to be very helpful for the body by assisting the break down of protein more efficiently in your digestive system. The anti-inflammatory, anti-clotting properties of this enzyme are only made better by the ability to help suppress coughs and loosen mucus.

 

Halakahiki

Pineapple in Hawaii is known as “halakahiki” which has made Hawaii famous for it’s production of this sweet fruit. For most of the 20th century, our own Lanai was home to the World’s top grower and exporter of pineapple. Founded by James Dole in 1851, they helped put pineapple on the widespread food map! By now, production has moved mostly overseas, however you can still stay at historic Hotel Lanai, with views overlooking the Dole Park.

 

Vitamin C and Antioxidants

One of our favorite things about pineapple is that just a few juicy slices a day gives us all the Vitamin C we need. It’s also jammed full of antioxidants. These two benefits in unison help boost immunity, skin, organ and bone health!

 

Skin Health

Not only are pineapples good for you on the inside, they even have a few tricks up their sleeve for you on the outside! The enzymes and natural alpha hydroxy acid within pineapple help to brighten your skin, by lightly eating away at the dead skin, leaving you soft and smooth. Pineapple is also known to be cooling for sunburns and soothing post shave. With outward benefits like that, it’s no mystery why we made a whole line of beauty products around the wonderful pineapple!

 

 

With it’s rich history and proven health benefits, we just can’t get enough of pineapple. If you’re ever in Lanai, do yourself a favor and indulge (in the most healthy way) in a homegrown pineapple. Until then, lather up with some Pineapple lotion and slurp a Piña Colada.

 

What’s your favorite pineapple recipe?

 

 

Stay fresh and fragrant!

 

 

 

 

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