A sip of ice-cold pineapple juice from locally grown pineapples can be an incredible way to cool off from the heat of the sunny weather of Malindi town.
Pineapples are an incredibly delicious and healthy tropical fruit. Malindi is known as one of the areas within the coastal region for the production of pineapples.
Pineapples are believed to have originated in South America, where early European explorers named them after their resemblance to a pinecone. The scientific name for pineapple is Ananas comosus.
Loaded with nutrients
They are especially rich in vitamin C and manganese. Vitamin C is essential for growth and development, a healthy immune system, and aiding the absorption of iron from the diet. Meanwhile, manganese is a naturally occurring mineral that aids growth, maintains a healthy metabolism, and has antioxidant properties
Antioxidants are molecules that help your body combat oxidative stress.
Oxidative stress is a state in which there are too many free radicals in the body. These free radicals interact with the body’s cells and cause damage that is linked to chronic inflammation, a weakened immune system, and many harmful diseases. Pineapples are especially rich in antioxidants known as flavonoids and phenolic acids.
Boost immunity and suppress inflammation
Pineapples have been a part of traditional medicine for centuries.
They contain a wide variety of vitamins, minerals, and enzymes like bromelain that may collectively boost immunity and suppress inflammation. May speed recovery after surgery and exercise. Eating pineapples may reduce the time it takes to recover from surgery or exercise. This is largely due to the anti-inflammatory properties of bromelain.
Several studies have shown that bromelain may reduce the inflammation, swelling, bruising, and pain that often occur after surgery. It also seems to reduce markers of inflammation.
- ½ cup Water
- 2 tablespoon sugar Add more (with preference)
- 1 full lemon squeeze for the juice
- 1 medium pineapple
- 1 cup ice cubes
- Using a sharp knife, slice off the bottom of the pineapple, cut the top, if desired, then cut of the thick outer layer.
- Lay the pineapple on its side and slice the pineapple, remove the thick inner layer of pineapple. Chop it into chunks.
- Add the pineapple chunks in a food processor or in a blender, together with water and sugar, if using any
- Blend until you get smooth puree and there are no chunks of the fruit in the mix
- Strain the juice using a fine sieve or cheesecloth. Be sure to press out all the juice from the sieve
- Adjust taste and thickness of juice with more water or sweetener
- Serve immediately with ice cubes, garnish with pineapple, lemon, or mint