Pineapple is sold all year round in many stores throughout Europe and not only. Tropical fruit has long ceased to be a scarce and exclusively festive food. The word “pineapple” has also become familiar to us. Though, where did it come from and what does it mean? So grab some slices of the most delicious pineapple and play pokies online at NationalCasino.
To find out why the British began to call pineapple in their own way, let’s go back a little and see how Europeans got to know this fruit.
The pineapple was first mentioned during the second trip of Christopher Columbus to America. The navigator became the first European to set foot on the land of Guadeloupe in November 1493. Columbus and his crew tasted the local fruit and named it piña de Indes, which means “Indian pine”. The fruit looked, in their opinion, like a pine cone.
By the way, Columbus and his companions did not like pineapple. It had an unusual taste. But another Spanish traveler, Gonzalo Fernandez de Oviedo, wrote a little more than 40 years later. In his notes he described the pineapple as the most beautiful fruit he had ever seen. It had an amazing aroma and the most delicious taste he had ever tasted.
As you know, Columbus represented the royal court of Spain on the islands. And in this country, the piña short form for “pineapple” is still often used to describe the fruit. But the inhabitants of the Basque Country, an autonomous community in the north of the state, in contrast to the whole of Spain, call the pineapple anana bat.
From Spain, the fruit came to England, and, apparently, along with the Spaniards, its “pine” name also came there. According to etymological sources, the pineapple was first named pineapple in 1664. But even at the end of the 19th century, there are examples of the simultaneous use of the old Spanish names rather than pineapple. But today all Britons call pineapple “pineapple”.
Why Are Pineapples So Good?
Pineapple pulp contains vitamin C, iron, manganese, and calcium. The substance bromelain in the fruit breaks down animal protein. Therefore, after a hearty dinner with meat dishes, it is great to eat a few slices of pineapple. The product contains a lot of coarse dietary fiber, which normalizes and restores bowel function. Pineapple in large quantities can provoke an allergic reaction.
This marvelous recipe we found in Kenya. The people of Nairobi literally went crazy over the pineapple. A real epidemic swept the city. Everyone collects pineapple peel and prepares a low-alcohol drink from it and sugar. That is pineapple beer. Soaking pineapple peel in sweet syrup was the first to come up by a resident of Mexico. In a few days, it turned into viral content that covered Africa. Residents of Nairobi now hope that they will receive pineapple peel from the owners of local restaurants and cafes for free. As it is cut anyway. Most of the restaurants are using only the fragrant and juicy pulp of the fruit.
Recent scientific studies on the effects of tropical fruit juices on the human body have confirmed the antioxidant properties of pineapple juice and the presence of enzymes in it that promote metabolism.
Studies have proven the positive impact of pineapples and their products on the processes of digestion of food and, as a result, on metabolism. This is largely due to the presence in the pineapple of a complex of proteolytic enzymes. A mixture of proteolytic enzymes isolated from pineapple is called bromelain. Its main part is contained in the juice.
Pineapple Fiber Fabric
Cotton makes up about a third of all fabrics produced by the textile industry. Its production is laborious and extremely troublesome. It takes a lot of sweat, chemicals, and freshwater to make cotton linen. But efforts and capacities are also spent on silk, linen, and wool, not to mention synthetics. It is necessary to look for alternative sources for the production of tissues.
We have already written about pineapple skin. And now it’s time for the pineapple leaf fabric. As it turned out, this is not an innovation, but a revival of the ancient Philippine craft of the 17th-19th centuries. From such the thinnest fabric of a cream shade, national costumes were sewn earlier, especially wedding dresses. They were so exquisite and amazing that samples of some of the dresses made for the rich ladies of France in 1804-1814 are in the collection of the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art.
The production process has traditionally been (and is) as follows. First, the thorny edges were removed from the pineapple leaves. Then the leaves were scraped with porcelain fragments, exposing the fibers. Coconut shells softened them and split them. After that, they were washed, dried, and woven into threads. The basis of the future fabric, which was then woven on looms.
It took a whole month to get several meters of such fabric. Though, the Filipino craftswomen complicated their work even more. They embroidered pineapple fabric with silk threads. The more complex the pattern, the higher the value of the already almost “golden” canvas.
Fabric made from pineapple fibers in 1851 became one of the main wonders of the London exhibition fair. During the Crimean War, it became an alternative to Russian linen, the supply of which was stopped. After the British flooded the Philippines with cheap cotton in the 19th century, industrial production of pineapple fabric came to an end. The fabric of steel was woven only by needlewomen. The Second World War seemed to completely destroy this craft.
But not all was lost! A renaissance for pineapple fiber linen came in the 1960s as the country came out of “survival mode”. It was then that the former First Lady of the Philippines began to popularize dresses from it. She made them iconic. Slowly, step by step, pineapple fabric is making itself known as an alternative to cotton and other natural fabrics. Given the complexity of production, the Philippine government is encouraging businesses and young citizens to learn and apply the ancient craft. Now the average age of a weaver is 50 years.
How To Pick The Right Pineapple?
Check the color. Find a yellow pineapple. Green-skinned pineapples are usually underripe, while dark-gold or even orange-skinned pineapples are overripe and not in the best condition.
There should be a fantastic aroma. Smell the bottom of the pineapple. A ripe pineapple has a fruity aroma, while an unripe one will have no smell at all. The aroma of overripe pineapple has a note of vinegar.
The right weight and hardness are a must. Lightly squeeze the pineapple. A ripe pineapple will feel heavy for its size and will give a little when you squeeze it. If the pineapple is rock-hard, it will probably take longer to ripen. If the pineapple is soft, then it is overripe.
Here is a ripe and fragrant pineapple in your hands.