- Berries & Fruits
Pineapples, Ananas comosus, have a rich history as a symbol of hospitality, displayed during social gatherings. Each plant bears a single fruit after a slow growth period of 18-24 months, adding to their value. In the 18th century, pineapples were a rare delicacy, rented out for prestige, earning the title "fruit of kings." These tropical fruits are not only delicious but also contain bromelain, aiding digestion and reducing inflammation. As a vitamin C powerhouse, pineapples offer a delightful blend of sweet and tart flavors.
Pineapple exhibits anti-inflammatory properties, potentially aiding in reducing inflammation in the body. It supports the immune system with its vitamin C content, which may enhance immune function. The bromelain enzyme in pineapple promotes better digestion and nutrient absorption, contributing to digestive health. Furthermore, pineapple's rich nutrient profile, including antioxidants and fiber, may support cardiac health by reducing oxidative stress and promoting healthy cholesterol levels.
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