Sweet as The inside scoop on pineapple
GET A LITTLE TASTE OF SUMMER WITH PINEAPPLE AND – BONUS! – THEY’RE PACKED WITH ALL SORTS OF GOODNESS
Pineapples take 18 months to grow before harvesting, but they’re a treat worth waiting for. An excellent source of vitamin C, they also contain bromelain, an enzyme that has antiinflammatory properties and helps with digestion. As well as being a rich source of fibre and antioxidants, they’re packed with manganese, which is essential for strong bones. They also contain high amounts of thiamine, an energyboosting B vitamin.
When it comes to picking the best pineapple on the shelf, don’t worry about the colour – it’s an indication of where the fruit is grown, not how ripe it is. In fact, pineapples don’t continue to ripen after they’ve been harvested, so you can enjoy this sweet treat as soon as you like. Aim to choose pineapples that are sustainably grown; look for ones that have Rainforest Alliance accreditation, such as Dole Tropical Gold.
Try this satisfying smoothie for a drink that’s brimming with goodness: Kale smoothie with pineapple and banana
Combine in a blender ½ cup of coconut milk, ½ cup of water and 2 cups of chopped and steamed kale or spinach (stalks removed). Add 1½ cups of pineapple and a banana, and purée for about 1 minute until smooth. Check the consistency and add more water if desired.