Facts about Pineapple
Tasty fruit from Brazil
An aromatic fruit brought from South America to Europe by Cristopher Columbus is very popular due to its taste and health benefits. It is an ally of those trying to improve their skin condition and lose weight.
1The most extensive plantations of pineapples are located in Brazil, China, Thailand, the Philippines, and Hawaii.
Hawaii was a dominant producer of pineapples in the 20th century, but about one-third of the world’s production comes from Brazil, Costa Rica and the Philippines.
2It is a herbaceous perennial plant in the family Bromeliaceae.
3Pineapples are formed on a strongly shortened stem that grows up to 1,5 meters tall.
4Reddish-purple flowers of pineapple are inconspicuous, but there are nearly 200 of them in an inflorescence.
5Pineapple fruits are usually seedless berries, fusing with an inflorescence axis and the cotyledons to form a fruiting body.
If hummingbirds pollinate the flowers, they develop small, hard seeds.
6The fruits are about 20 centimeters long and 14 centimeters wide.
There are also miniature varieties.
7There are distinctive plumes of leaves on the top of the fruit, which are the shoots.
8Pineapple fruits ripen in summer.
Pineapples plantations are sprayed with naphthylacetic acid to produce fruit all year long.
9Pineapples can be consumed both raw and processed.
They are used to make jams, juices, and compotes.
10The caloric value of pineapples is small since it is only 55 kcal per 100 grams.