Monday, July 19, 2010

Pineapple



I could not resist sharing this with you. A fresh pineapple. Is there anything anymore beautiful? Did you know that a pineapple is the fruit of a herbaceous plant that is actually produced from hundreds of flowers that grow in a spiral pattern around an axis? The flowers produce individual fruits, which merge to produce one fruit. An awesome result of teamwork.
A pineapple does not contain starch that will turn to sugar. The pineapple's supply of sugar comes from the the stem of the plant, which stores the starch that is converted to sugar and then passed on to the fruit as it ripens.
Do you want to know how to purchase the best fresh pineapple? Choose one that feels heavy, and has fresh green leaves. The rind can be dark green, yellow (I buy mine when they are a yellow color), or reddish yellow, but they should not contain any bruised or brown spots. A ripe pineapple (yellow color) will have a fragrant scent. Avoid pineapples with brown leaves.
I am on a roll here. Would you like storage information too? A fresh pineapple can be stored at room temperature for 1 or 2 days (I leave mine sit on the counter for a couple days after purchasing). A pineapple will spoil quickly, so it is best to eat it as quickly as possible. It can be peeled and sliced, placed in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 4 to 5 days. I would not suggest freezing pineapple. When frozen it tends to lose its flavor.
Have you ever made a pineapple bowl? All you have to do is, cut the pineapple in half and cut out its insides. Mix the chunk pineapple with strawberries and blueberries, and place it back in the body of the pineapple bowl you created. Very pretty!!
Pineapple is a very good sweet snack food. Were you paying attention? No sugar!! It is naturally sweetened by nature.
Now I know you are going to run right out and buy a pineapple, because I have instilled a craving.....
Good luck~Happy eating~Enjoy

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