The pineapple was a symbol of hospitality during the Colonial times. According to the University of Central Florida
“American colonists began importing the pineapple from the Caribbean in the 17th century. Due to its seemingly exotic qualities and rareness, the pineapple soon became a symbol of hospitality in early America. Because trade routes between America and Caribbean islands were often slow and perilous, it was considered a significant achievement for a host to procure a ripe pineapple for guests. Similarly, some accounts tell of New England sea captains who, upon returning from trade routes in the Caribbean or Pacific, would place a pineapple outside their homes as a symbol of a safe return.
Due to its association with warmth and friendliness, pineapples in America were often used as the “crowning” piece in large displays of food. Similarly, the pineapple symbol was used frequently in the 18th and 19th centuries to decorate bed posts, tablecloths, napkins—anything associated with welcoming guests. Today, the pineapple remains a fitting symbol for the hospitality industry, and pineapple-themed products still abound. From lamps to candle holders to salt and pepper shakers and beyond, the pineapple motif says “Welcome!””
In addition to it’s symbolism as a sign of hospitality the pineapple is a powerhouse of health benefits.
Anti-Inflammatory properties with digestive benefits, helps fight off Macular Degeneration with anti-oxidant and immune boosting powers the pineapple is also a delicious sweet treat.
Pineapples according to WHfoods.org “Pineapples have exceptional juiciness and a vibrant tropical flavor that balances the tastes of sweet and tart. They are second only to bananas as America’s favorite tropical fruit. Although the season for pineapple runs from March through June, they are available year-round in local markets.
Pineapples are a composite of many flowers whose individual fruitlets fuse together around a central core. Each fruitlet can be identified by an “eye,” the rough spiny marking on the pineapple’s surface. Pineapples have a wide cylindrical shape, a scaly green, brown or yellow skin and a regal crown of spiny, blue-green leaves and fibrous yellow flesh. The area closer to the base of the fruit has more sugar content and therefore a sweeter taste and more tender texture.”
All About Juicing is a great resource for juice recipes as well as learning more about the amazing health benefits of fruits and vegetables.
Athletes’ use pineapple juice for inflammation, natives of Central and South America use it for pain relief, to treat wounds, skin injuries and indigestion, and bromelain extracted from pineapple has been approved in Germany to treat swelling and inflammation after surgery.
We all know the spiky fruit is delicious, but is there any truth to the claim that pineapple can help reduce inflammation?
Aside from being a great source of Vitamin C, pineapples contain the enzyme bromelain, which is a natural anti-inflammatory agent that plays a role in the body’s healing process. Research indicates that bromelain helps reduce swelling, bruising and pain in musculoskeletal injuries, and can reduce symptoms of arthritis, bursitis and tendonitis. Read more about the health benefits of pineapples.
If you want to make a welcome addition to your juice bar or supermarket consider adding fresh cut pineapple. Using one of our pineapple corers you can provide your customers with a delicious sweet already prepared pinepple.