Being a fan of zobo drink, I find pineapple peels a great way to improve the taste and nutritional value of the drink providing no need for artificial flavours.
Pineapple peels are seen as waste but the health benefits embedded are numerous. The pineapple is a wholesome fruit, skin and flesh.
Most fruits have their skin packed with nutrients and the pineapple peel or skin is no exception. The peel of citrus fruits are dried and added to pastries, tea etc.
Pineapple fruit and its peels are known to contain healing properties. In ancient times, the fruit was used in prevention and treatment of various infections.
It contains vitamins and minerals which are used for the overall body function.
Pineapples are fruits with a blend of sour and sweet taste. They are grown in most countries of the world with the climatic conditions of countries allowing slight variety in taste.
Pineapples are eaten raw, cooked, dried and juiced to be preserved or used to improve taste in cuisines. Pineapples are also used in pastries such as pineapple cakes, pineapple pies among others.
Pineapple both the fruit and peels are free from cholesterol, low in sodium and make a good fruit for weight loss and digestion.
Nutritional Value Of Pineapple
Pineapple fruit contains significant amounts of bromelain, vitamin B, vitamin C, folates, thiamin, pantothenic acid, and fiber.
The mineral contents of pineapple include calcium, iron, manganese, potassium, and copper.
Pineapple fruit as well as its peels are sources of antioxidants that help the body fight against free radicals, a major cause of cancers.
Health Benefits Of Pineapple Peels
Proper Blood Functions
Bromelain, an important nutrient in pineapple peels prevent blood clots and coagulation of the blood.
The copper in the pineapple increases production of red blood cells.
Potassium contents of the peels maintain the health of the blood vessels by suppressing sodium.
Prevention Of Respiratory Infections
Respiratory infections include common cold, catarrh, cough etc that needs enough doses of vitamin C which is present in high amounts in the peel and the fruit.
Regular intake of the pineapple juice or just a cup of boiled peel added with honey can do the trick in reducing the frequency of cough. It can also reduce sinus inflammation.
Pineapple fruit contains beta carotene and bromelain which reduces inflammation of the womb making the womb receptive to implantation.
The peels are washed and boiled and used for teas and the fruit taken on a regular basis.
However, for women suffering from miscarriages and pregnancy that are almost full term, the pineapple should be taken with caution as it can cause the cervix to dilate.
Pineapple peels contain higher amount of bromelain than the fruit itself and it helps reduce body parts inflammation. It can reduce injury and post surgery swellings.
Pineapple peels are boiled to get the best of it. It is not like pineapple chunks that would be chewed. This aids digestion and reduce constipation. They have also been discovered to fight intestinal parasites and build good gut flora.
The effect of vitamin C and bromelain in pineapple skin is enough to prevent infections of the skin and sinus.
It can also fight against bacteria and suppress coughs.
Relieve Arthritis and Joint Pains
Inflammation of the joints results in pains that can be devastating. The pains can be reduced with consistent intake of pineapple peel tea and also use directly on the skin.
Eye diseases such as glaucoma and cataract can be corrected by addition of beta carotene and vitamin C in diets and these can be gotten from pineapple fruit and the skin. It also improves the overall function of the eyes.
Manganese found in high amounts in pineapple, grows and strengthen the bones. Vitamin C helps to keep the gums healthy and prevent inflammation of its tissues.
With nutrients that fight against free radicals, pineapple skin and juice can improve the fight against cancer cells and tumors. Patients taking medications can seek their doctors consent before adding pineapple to their diets although there is little or no risk.
Other Uses Of Pineapple Peels
Aside the medicinal properties highlighted, other uses of the peels include:
Addition To Beverages
Pineapple peels can be boiled and the water used to make tea. Other ingredients such as ginger, cinnamon etc can also be added for healthier tea.
Pineapples can also be washed and boiled together with zobo leaves with an addition of ginger for a unique zobo drink.
Production of Vinegar
Pineapple peels can be made into vinegar, a great remedy for pains and addition to meals and pastries. The peels are washed and left to ferment.
Pineapple peels when properly washed can be marinated with chicken, turkey, beef, seafood, etc.or beef for a different flavour. It can also be added when boiling the proteins for stock.
Method Of Preparing Pineapple Peels
There are various methods of preparing pineapple peels depending on the need for it. The most important things however include:
- Wash the pineapple fruit even before peeling.
- After getting the flesh out, wash the pineapple peels again.
- The pineapple peels is better used immediately as they are known to be acidic except when it is for vinegar.
- The water can be drained of and refrigerated for a later use.
- This is when the pineapple peels becomes a waste.
In the case of juice, the pineapple peels can be blended and squeezed out with the addition of a little fresh pineapple juice as sweetener.
The pineapple flesh is not the only useful part of the pineapple fruit. The peels are also rich in nutrients specifically bromelain which is higher in the peel than in pineapple flesh.
Joint pains, respiratory infections, improved fertility etc are some health benefits of pineapple. For me, after boiling the pineapple peels for use, it is time to discard it but not before then.
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