Sparkling Pineapple Soup
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Pineapples are a strange fruit; spiky on the outside but oh-so-sweet & juicy on the inside.
Here are 10 fun facts about pineapples:
- Pineapples were first discovered in the Caribbean circa 1493 by Christopher Columbus. They are also indigenous to southern Brazil and Paraguay.
- Pineapples were spread around the world because they were kept on board ships to ward off scurvy.
- While pineapples originated in Southern America, Southern Asia (mostly Thailand) is now the world’s largest supplier.
- Pineapple plants look like giant pineapples buried in the ground.
- It takes 2-3 years for a pineapple to reach maturation (and, therefore, one pineapple plant produces only one fruit every 2-3 years).
- The pineapple plant’s flower produces 100-200 fruitlets that join together around the core to create the pineapple fruit.
- The fruit was originally called pineapple because of its resemblance to a pinecone (the hundreds of fruitlets growing together from one flower really do look like a pinecone!).
- The fruit doesn’t continue to ripen after being harvested.
- The color of the pineapple differs based on where it’s grown; a green pineapple and a golden brown pineapple may have the same sweet taste as each other.
- Bromelain is an enzyme found in pineapples that helps to suppress coughs and loosen mucus, aid digestion, ease inflammation and may even interfere with the growth of tumor cells.