Pineapple is a very popular tropical fruit. It has the shape of a pinecone. Their exterior is covered in small, spikes and on the top it has narrow, green, pointed leaves. The rind is waxy, hexagonal in shape and ranges in color from green to yellow and sometimes reddish-orange. The flesh of the pineapple is firm, fibrous yet juicy with shades of white or yellow. The flesh also has a core which is tough and leathery. Pineapple comes in many varieties like: Smooth Cayenne, Red Spanish, Queen, and Abacaxi. It is native to South America and was introduced to Central America. In the course of time, they were brought to the Caribbean islands by Christopher Columbus while Captain Cook got it to Hawaii. Today the top producers of pineapple include Costa Rica, Brazil, and the Philippines. It is available all through the year with its peak season in spring and summer.
When choosing pineapples, look for fresh, upright leaves that are green. The fruit should be plump and feel heavy. It should not have signs of mold or any soft spots.
Eating unripe pineapple and overconsumption of pineapple may lead to nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, swelling of mouth and cheeks and skin rashes.(2)
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