Monday, July 12, 2010

Baby Pineapple Nutrition and Facts

Have you ever seen a baby pineapple? It is probably the cutest fruit out there. It is a pineapple that is the size of a large fuji apple. See the size comparison next to a bunch of bananas.

Nutritional Facts:

Pineapples provide a good source of vitamin C and useful amounts of folate, thiamine, magnesium, iron and vitamin B6. One cup of fresh pineapple contains about 75 calories. High in soluble fiber, pineapple may aid in controlling cholesterol levels. Eating five daily servings of fruits and vegetables lowers the chances of cancer. A recent study found eating nine or ten daily servings, combined with three servings of low-fat dairy products, were effective in lowering blood pressure.

The baby pineapple is grown in countries like Brazil, South Africa, South Africa, and Thailand. It is high in fiber and full of nutrients.

Nutrients include:
Copper, Fiber, Manganese, Thiamin, Vitamin B6 and C

It is considered a Superfruit because of its high nutrient content in such a small package. It also taste less fibrous than its larger sibling the Pineapple.

Definition of a Superfruit: refers to a fruit which combines exceptional
nutrient richness and antioxidant quality with appealing taste that can stimulate and retain loyalty for consumer products. Megafruit Ventures is bringing dehydrated baby pineapples to the US for the first time ever. Click here to learn more about Megafruit's Superfruits and how convenient they are for a healthy lifestyle.

Here is some information about the cultural and historical information about the baby pineapple from

Baby South African pineapples have been popular with European chefs for many years. Before Florida's delicious contribution, chefs in the United States could only dream about them. A Caribbean favorite is pineapple in a spicy and hot chicken sauté made with chili powder and hot peppers. Chinese cuisine loves to add the flavor of pineapple into their dishes, especially in Chinese-style shrimp or chicken stir-fries. As a matter of course many Asians sprinkle a little salt on fresh pineapple. Common in France is the excellent effect that Kirsch, the cherry-based liqueur, has poured over fresh pineapple.

Considered at one time to be Victoria's delicious secret, a twenty-acre farm in Homestead, Florida, grew the first Queen Victoria variety, aka South African baby pineapples, grown in the United States. Originating in the French Islands of the Indian Ocean and Mauritius, these miniature pineapples are also grown in Central America and Hawaii. The first Florida crop matured in December 1997, yielding some twenty-five thousand fruits. Staggered plantings have kept a steady flow of this pineapple variety available year round to eager markets.

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