Maybe it's because it has apple in its name, whatever the reason it does have medicinal value and it does taste good.
Pineapple is one of those foods that can be paired with all kinds of foods or eaten alone. I've eaten with cottage cheese, in Asian food, as a chutney over fish and chicken. It's pretty good on a hamburger and with gouda cheese and I've even had it mixed with beans an rice in a local Costa Rican fare.
Most people, at least here in the states eat it raw or from a can. My favorite way to fix it is grilled. We use a charcoal grill so there are lots of flavors that add to the taste when it's fixed like that.
Last night was a cold and rainy fall evening and I had catfish to make for dinner. Not wanting to go outside to cook on the grill I decided to broil the pineapple instead and I'm glad I did.
I look at broiling as upside down grilling...gas grilling that is. Think about it...the flame is on top instead of underneath. Anyway, I had a fresh pineapple and catfish and needed to make a meal around those two ingredients so I sauteed the fish and broiled the pineapple and it was d e l i c i o u s.
When I grill pineapple I will drizzle honey on top to add moisture since grilling can be drying and I sprinkle a bit of cinnamon before I serve it. Last night when I broiled it I decided to add a pumpkin pie spice I've blended and since it would be laying in its own juices on the foil tray I made for it I didn't add any honey. Boy was it tasty!
My pumpkin pie spice blend has the usual suspects like nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves.
When I have warm fresh fruit it's like having a desert without the guilt! Of course, too much of a good thing can be well too much but adding this delectable treat with your dinner is nothing short of goodness.
Oh, I did mention it can be healing as well as yummy that's because it's packed with vitamins and enzymes. One enzyme, in particular, is called Bromelain and pineapple is bursting with it.
Bromelain is touted as being a nasal decongestant, it's known for reducing swelling, quieting a cough and relieving heartburn. Of course, I'm not a doctor and I'm only repeating what I've read so be sure to do your own research and talk to your healthcare provider. Pineapple is also very high in natural sugars, so like I said earlier too much of a good thing can be well... too much! As always you'll want to be responsible for your own welfare and of those you care for.
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