Pineapples are a yummy tropical fruit with a spiky, tough outer shell and sweet, golden insides. They grow in warm climates and are mostly found in places like Hawaii and Costa Rica. Do you know that Christopher Columbus is said to have discovered pineapple on one of his voyages to the New World?
This fruit has an interesting feature, they don’t grow on trees like apples or oranges. Instead, each pineapple grows on a separate plant that’s only about four or five feet tall. It takes almost three years for a pineapple to be fully grown and ready to eat, isn’t that a long time?
Besides being super delicious, pineapples are also very healthy for you. They are packed with vitamins and minerals like vitamin C, which is good for your immune system, and manganese, which is good for your bones. Pineapples also contain bromelain, a special enzyme that can help your body digest food.
You can eat pineapple all by itself, or you can add it to all sorts of dishes. They’re great in fruit salads, on pizzas, in smoothies, or even grilled on a barbecue! Not just that, they’re also used in different tasty desserts like pineapple upside down cake or fruit tart.
So next time when you see a pineapple, think about how it traveled a long way from a small tropical plant, got packed with lots of good stuff for your body, and finally ended up on your plate for you to enjoy!