Once pineapples were a rarity even on a festive table, and today they can be found in any supermarket and at any time of the year. We picked up the most interesting facts about pineapples, which will allow you to learn more about your favorite fruit.
Fructifies once in a lifetime
Pineapples grow not on trees, but on the ground. This herb is a family of bromeliads. From an agrotechnical point of view, pineapple is a rather labor-intensive crop. From the moment of planting to the flowering of the plant, it takes about 12-18 months. Each plant gives only one fruit, and after maturation, which takes from 3 to 6 months, the mother socket dies off, forming lateral shoots.
Pineapple is not a fruit
From a botanical point of view, pineapple is not a fruit. It’s not even a berry, but a few dozen berries that have grown together around a common center. The fact is that the inflorescence of pineapple is an ear, consisting of several flowers, which, blossoming, form a common fruit.
Seeds do not multiply
All cultivars of pineapple are infertile. They do not form seeds, but reproduce vegetatively. To obtain a new specimen, it is necessary to separate the daughter’s rosette of leaves from the plant or to root the top of the ripe fruit.
Green pineapple will not ripe
Pineapple does not continue to ripen after it was ripped off. If his fruit is cut off in green, he will remain green, unlike bananas or other fruits that can be kept in storage. Therefore, buying a frankly green pineapple in the store, it is not worth hoping that it will soon become tasty and sweet.
Pineapple – a product for those who want to lose weight
The pineapple fruit, and especially its central hard part, contains a very high percentage of bromelain. This is a special enzyme, which has a number of useful properties. It has an anti-inflammatory effect, and also promotes rapid breakdown of fats and proteins in the body, which is especially appreciated among diet lovers. Well, finally, pineapple is very rich in useful vitamins and microelements.
You can grow in greenhouses and houses
Europeans, fascinated by the taste of pineapple, for a long time cultivated this outlandish tropical fruit in greenhouses. The Russian capital was no exception, and in the botanical garden of Petersburg golden pineapples were growing. But in the middle of the XIX century, with the development of regular trading navigation, pineapples began to be brought to Europe directly from the tropics, and the cultivation in greenhouses was reduced to “no.” But today it is very popular growing pineapple rosettes at home. Rooted tops of fruits serve as an excellent decoration of the interior.
Shoes and handbags from leaves
It turns out that pineapple leaves in some countries are used as raw materials for the production of dense fabric and materials. In countries where pineapple culture was traditionally grown, mats and fishing nets were made from its sturdy leaves. And today, the leaves of pineapples, which are waste products, are transformed into an excellent environmentally friendly fabric called Pinatex. Of this material, then later make handbags, shoes and much more.