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    7 Incredible Pineapple Benefits



    Someone just has to utter the word 'pineapple' and picturesque landscapes marked by beaches, palm trees and umbrella-topped drinks come gushing to our mind. The sweet and sour taste of the much loved tropical fruit is remarkable.

    Referred to as 'Ananas comusus' due to its resemblance to a pine cone, the fruit is not really a fruit. It is rather a mass of individual berries fused to the central stalk. Each fruitlet can be identified by an 'eye', the rough spiny marking on the pineapple's surface. The leaves atop are actually the continued growth of the stalk, and the base area is high on sugar content and therefore offers a sweeter taste and more tender texture.



    The book History of Food attributes the origin of this quintessential tropical fruit to Brazil and Paraguay. In 1548, the Portuguese traders brought along the much coveted seeds to India. In fact, missionaries from Australia first imported their plants from India's soils during the early 19th century. The authenticity of aforementioned western narrative is challenged by the likes of Ancient India: History and Culture. The author stresses that pineapple has existed in the subcontinent for thousands of years. Its introduction dates back to the Maurya (322 to 185 BC) and Gupta Empire (320 to 550 CE).

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    Pineapple is the third most canned fruit after applesauce and peaches. And, The Food and Agriculture Organization report (2009) presents India as the world's 7th leading pineapple producer. But amongst the innumerable verities cultivate, roughly seven can account for commercial importance - grown in humid regions along the Southern Peninsula and also the hills of the Northeast from July through September. Both, the golden ripe fruit and the little sweet green ones, are readily available from pushcarts to super marts in our country.

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