Dried Pineapple
Product of:
Spain
Size:
2.5 oz.
(70g)
Item Number:
28787
Price:
$7.00

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Description
Organic Pineapple, air dried to preserve quality and taste. Our drying process does not use salt, preservatives, colorants or chemicals. We also do not use liquid paraffin or sulfur dioxide. It takes 20 kilos of fresh pineapples to make one kilo of dried product. Certified organic by Andalusian Committee of Organic Farming, the EU and USDA.
Taste and Pairing
Excellent snack for hiking, may be eaten directly, or added to salads and fish dishes. Works well as an addition to salsa preparations, or in yogurt parfait. Can be pureed and combined with milk for a healthy milk shake. Shelf life: twelve months from production date. Storage: place in cool and dry place, do not refrigerate.
Science
Native to South America, the pineapple also known as Ananas is thought to have spread from what is today Paraguay throughout South America and the Caribbean. It was first seen by Europeans by the Columbus expedition of 1493, found on the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe. Because this fruit requires a tropical climate to flourish and is very perishable, attempts at cultivation in Europe were limited to hothouses. The Pineapple became a status symbol and an expensive treat. Cultivation spread into African, Asian and South Pacific colonies of Spain and Portugal, but lack of refrigeration meant the fruit did not travel well and was still in high demand. The fruit reached Hawaii in the 18th century and as mechanization and refrigeration arrived on the scene, the Pineapple was finally brought home to the masses.

Pineapple is high in Bromelain, a proteolytic enzyme which breaks down proteins. This makes pineapple an aid in proper digestion. Bromelain is also an anti-inflammatory. It aids in reducing inflammation, and limits tumor growth, inhibiting cancer growth. Pineapple is also high in content of Manganese and Vitamin B1 which aids in antioxidant defenses and in producing energy. Low in calories, sodium, saturated fat and cholesterol, pineapple is a good source of fiber while its rich content of Vitamin A and Beta-Carotene aids in protection from free radicals and in boosting the immune system.

Maurer HR. Bromelain: biochemistry, pharmacology and medical use. Cell Mol Life Sci. August 2001.

The Queensland Institute of Medical Research. Pineapple stems that show anti-tumour activity. Medical Research News, July 19, 2005.

Jane E. Onken, Paula K. Greer, Brian Calingaert, Laura P. Hale. Bromelain Treatment Decreases Secretion of Pro-Inflammatory Cytokines and Chemokines by Colon Biopsies In Vitro. Clinical Immunology, Volume 126, Issue 3, March 2008
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