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Pineapple is a large, tropical fruit with a sweet somewhat acidic taste. It grows up from the ground on short plants with sword-like leaves in tropical areas. Did you know that certain pineapple plants will only flower at night and are polllinated by bats?

Why is it good for my body? Pineapple is a rich source of Vitamin C, containing 131% of your daily value of this powerful antioxidant which helps minimize cough, cold, and flu symptoms. Pineapples also contain fiber, potassium,Vitamin B1, maganese, bromelain, beta-carotene, and the amino acid tryptophan. The benefits include protection against cardiovascular disease, improved mental health, reduced inflammation, speeds healing from surgery, prevents asthma, and aids in digestion.
Where does it come from? Pineapple is native to Brazil, but is now grown all over the world in tropical climates. Pineapple is delicious as a stand alone fruit, but is also used in many cuisines with both savory and sweet applications.
What season is it fresh? Fresh pineapple is widely available in most grocery stores year-round and is typically priced very economically.
How do I store and handle it? Whole pineapples can be stored at room temperature for 1-3 days, depending on ripeness. To extend freshness before cutting, whole pineapples will keep 3-5 days in the refrigerator. To freeze, peel and cut pineapple into cubes or spears and put into heavy-duty freezer bags. Properly stored, they will maintain best quality for about 10 to 12 months in the freezer, but will remain safe beyond that time.
What are ways to eat it? Pineapple is delicious raw on its own, or in a salad like Doctor Yum's Rainbow Fruit Salad or Pineapple Power Salad. It is also great in savory recipes or grilled as a compliment to meat or seafood.

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