Wednesday, December 30, 2009

O Queen, My Queen

The pineapple is known as the queen of fruits in certain parts of the world, probably in South America, where it came from and Hawaii, home to prolific pineapple producer Dole.

And rightly so. It is delicious, sweet manna from the earth. It contains a proteolytic enzyme bromelain, which helps in the digestion of protein and prevents blood clots. It is laden with calcium, potassium, magnesium and fiber. It is high in Vitamin C, which makes it excellent for your teeth and gums. It is also great for coughs and colds, and sore throats in particular. It contains Vitamins B1 and B6, copper and dietary fiber. It is low in fat and cholesterol. It is rich in manganese, which helps bones grow strong and healthy.

I love my pineapple dipped in dark soy sauce. (It sounds terrible, but it's delicious. I think it's a Sibu thing.) The saltiness of the soy brings out the tangy sweetness of the fruit. It also "blunts" its sharpness - some people say eating fresh pineapple "cuts" their tongue, and this is due to the enzyme bromelain mentioned above. I give it to my kids cooked so that it's gentler on their tummies.

We bought this pineapple last week.

Here it is next to an apple.

Here it is next to a mangosteen, the Malaysian queen of the fruits. No contest, you say?

Here it is next to an orange.

Here it is next to a cup. My beautiful giant pineapple.

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