History of Dried Pineapple
The pineapple is a tropical plant with an edible fruit indigenous to South America where it has been cultivated for many centuries. Being introduced to Europe in the 17th century made it a significant cultural icon of luxury where it was served only at the most lavish banquets. The pineapple is the third most important tropical fruit in world production and by 2016, Costa Rica, Brazil and the Philippines accounted for nearly one-third of the world’s production of pineapples. It takes three years for a pineapple to mature, but it never becomes riper than when it was harvested. In the wild, pineapples are primarily pollinated by hummingbirds. The pineapple is a member of the bromeliad family, and are the only bromeliad that produces edible fruit.
When pineapple is dehydrated, water is removed from it through sun drying or dehydrators which can sometimes remove some of the nutrients in the original fruit. Temperatures are kept between 50˚C and 60˚C as this is the optimum temperature range for drying and retaining nutritional content. Dried fruit has a long tradition of use dating back to the 4000 BC and is prized because of its sweet taste, nutritive value, and long shelf-life.
Pineapples contain lots of nutrients and carries plenty of health benefits:
- Pineapples are rich in vitamins, enzymes and antioxidants which help boost the immune system, build strong bones and aid indigestion.
- Despite their sweetness, fresh pineapples are low in calories – one cup of pineapple contains only seventy-four calories.
- They are fat-free, cholesterol-free and low in sodium.
- They contain lots of vitamin C which helps to fight cell damage such as heart disease and joint pain, as well as fighting skin damage and forming collagen.
- Pineapple is the only known source of enzymes present in Bromelian which can be used as a remedy for indigestion as well as working to boost your immune system.
- Dried pineapple has a high fibre content and enhanced sweetness.
- Minerals including manganese, copper and potassium are found in dried fruit.
Pineapple Nutrition Value
|Energy kJ||1559 kJ/100g|
|Energy kcal||367 kcal/100g|
|Of which saturated fatty acids||0,0g/100g|
|Of which sugars||85,g/100g|
Pineapple, Sugar, Food acid (E330), preservative (E223) (SULPHITE)
General Information about Dried Pineapple
You can eat pineapple raw or juiced, making them a perfect snack or a great addition to cakes, salads, piña coladas and, controversially, on pizza. They are used in a multitude of cuisines around the world such as ‘nata de piña’, a Filipino jelly-like dessert produced since the 18th century, or the Mexican drink ‘Tepache’. Dried pineapple makes for a sweet treat which can be eaten as is or dipped in chocolate. Like with all dried fruits, ensure you eat in moderation due to the amount of sugar it contains.
If you like dried pineapple, the Walnut Tree packs it in bulk 1 kilo bags or includes these sweet rings in their nine sectioned luxury dried fruit gift box, an idea present to give to friends and family. Vegan, Vegetarian, Halal, Kosher, Gluten Free.
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