Ranking only behind pineapples as America’s favorite tropical fruit, pineapples are a juicy fruit with a balanced tropical flavor that is both sweet and tart.

Christopher Columbus brought pineapples back to Europe after an expedition to South America. Pineapples were first brought to the Americas by Christopher Columbus, and used to be extravagant and exotic fruit, served only at the most lavish of banquets.

However, today pineapple can be commonly found in any grocery store and many homes around the world. You can find pineapples year round, but the peak season runs from March through June.

Nutritional Benefits

  • Pineapple contains a unique mixture of substances called bromelain, which improves digestion and exerts anti-Inflammatory actions, especially on the immune system.
  • With over 100% of the recommended intake of vitamin C in one serving, pineapple offers antioxidant protection and immune support.
    • It’s also an excellent source of manganese, and a good source of copper, vitamin B1, vitamin B6, dietary fiber, folate and pantothenic acid.

Best Ways to Use

  • Combine diced pineapple with chopped shrimp, grated ginger and a little olive oil on a bed of greens for a festive salad.
  • Mix diced pineapple and chili peppers for an easy to prepare salsa that’s an exceptional complement to seafood.
  • Chopped pineapple, grated fennel and cashews go well together and are especially delicious as a side dish to chicken.
  • Pineapple is a wonderful addition to fruit salads, especially those containing other tropical fruits such as papaya, kiwi and mango.