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I’m working on an entry for you guys, but in the mean time, check out this fascinating look at Pineapples posted by John-Bryan Hopkins in Foodimentary: A food lover’s notebook

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Food Finds about Pineapples

  • Pineapple skin, core, and ends are used in the making of alcohol, vinegar, and animal feed.
  • Each pineapple plant produces just one pineapple per year!
  • Unripened pineapples taste terrible and are poisonous to humans, causing irritation of the throat and having a powerful laxative effect.
  • Pineapples can take up to two years to reach their full size (20lbs), so generally people pick and eat them before they are done maturing.
  • Standing a pineapple upside down (leaf on bottom) will cause it to ripen much faster.
  • Pineapple juice is a diuretic, and it has also been used to induce labor.
  • The Bromelain enzyme in pineapples breaks down proteins. This means that you can use pineapple or pineapple juice as a meat tenderiser.
  • The pineapple is native to Brazil and Paraguay, yet the Dole company grows massive amounts in Hawaii.  Their Hawaiian pineapple farms are so vast, that the…

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