Pineapple Facts and Nutrition
Indigenous to South America, the pineapple is a tropical fruit that was cultivated by the Mayas and Aztecs. People eat pineapples raw, cooked, canned and juiced on their own or as part of fruit salads, desserts, and main meals in a variety of cultures and cuisines.
Many Asian dishes use pineapples as part of stir fries and pineapple juice is the main ingredient of sweet and sour sauce. Pineapples give Hawaiian pizzas a nice sweet and tart taste. In addition, many tropical drinks include pineapple juice. In fact, the main ingredient in the pina colada cocktail is pineapple.
In addition to tasting great, pineapples have health benefits as well. According to LiveScience pineapples are rich in vitamins, enzymes, and antioxidants and may help with indigestion, building strong bones, and boosting the immune system. Pineapples are a good source of fiber and vitamin C, but they are also low in calories. For example, one cup of pineapple chunks has only 82 calories.
With all of these great health benefits, wouldn’t it be great if you could eat fresh pineapple year round? Unfortunately, in the United States, pineapple’s peak season is only from March through July. In some areas and grocery stores, you may be able to find pineapple year-round, but it is not guaranteed.
Would you like to know how to grow a pineapple at home so that you can enjoy pineapple year-round?
How to Grow a Pineapple at Home
Did you know you can easily grow a pineapple at home? All you need is a grocery store pineapple and a lot of sunlight. If you get enough indoor sunlight, you could actually grow pineapples indoors as well.
Steps to Grow a Pineapple from a Grocery Store Pineapple Top
This Hometalker in Ohio, made a fruit salad one winter day to ease her wintertime blues. Afterward, she decided to try to figure out how to grow a pineapple top at home from a pineapple top. Here is how she did it.
Step 1: Cut off the Top of Pineapple
Using a grocery store pineapple, she cut the top off the pineapple. Next, she pulled the leaves off the bottom of the cut top in order to expose the roots.