The pineapple is native to southern Brazil and Paraguay where wild relatives occur. It was spread by the Indians up through South and Central America to the West Indies before Columbus arrived. In 1493 Columbus found the fruit on the island of Guadaloupe and carried it back to Spain and it was spread around the world.
The pineapple plant is an herbaceous perennial, 2-1/2 to 5 ft. high with a spread of 3 to 4 ft.
Pineapples should be planted where the temperature remains warmest, such as the south side of a home, or in a sunny portion of the garden.
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Pineapples contain a relatively rare proteolytic enzyme called bromelain, which has serious anti-inflammatory effects, and has been positively correlated with reducing the signs and symptoms of arthritis in many test subjects.
A single serving of pineapple has more than 130% of the daily requirement of vitamin-C for human beings.
One of the commonly overlooked benefits of vitamin C is its essential role in creating collagen. This is partly the reason why it is seen as a healing vitamin, because collagen is the essential protein base of blood vessel walls, skin, organs, and bones. High vitamin C content helps you heal wounds and injuries to the body quickly, along with defending against infections and illness.
Pineapples have an impressive amount of manganese, which is another trace mineral that is essential in the strengthening of bones, as well as their growth and repair. Manganese is the most prominent mineral in pineapple, and a single serving can deliver more than 70% of your daily requirement of this essential mineral.