Anaanas (Pine Apple)

Introduction

Pineapple is known to be originated in Brazil and Paraguay. When Columbus came to Guadaloupe in the year 1493, everyone in Europe came to know about this fruit and since then the word spread to the Spanish and Portuguese voyagers. When Charles V saw pineapple as brought by the Spanish he found the fruit utterly disgusting as it got spoiled due to the transit.  However, it became en vogue in aristocratic green-houses of Europe by the end of 18th century like many other fruits. In India, this fruit has been cultivated for centuries. It was brought it by the Portuguese traders as seeds to India after they visited the adjoining Indonesian islands. As a matter of fact, missionaries from Australia were the first to import these plants from Indian soils during the start of 1800. India is known as the 7th largest producer of Pine Apple and is grown in humid and tropical regions of India such as Assam, Tripura, Meghalaya, Mizoram, West Bengal, Karnataka, Kerala, and Goa from July through September. It is known as Anaanas in Hindi, Bengali, Konkani, as Keehom in Manipuri, Anasipazham in Tamil, Kaitachchakka in Malayalam, Annasapandu in Telugu and Anasahannu in Kannada.

Nutritional Value

Pine Apple’s nutritional values include carbs, vitamin A, C, fiber, niacin, vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), thiamin and the minerals such as magnesium, copper, potassium, zinc and manganese.

Usage in Indian Kitchen

Pineapple is regarded as a very important fruit and is used in a number of sweet dishes such as custards, cakes and pastries. Besides, it is known to induce labor pains and is also used for the treatment of sore throat. Juices, smoothies, puddings, milkshakes, rasam, grilled pine apple, salads and toppings, this is how Pine apple is used in an Indian Kitchen.

Health Benefits of Anaanas

  1. Increases insulin sensitivity hence beneficial for diabetics.
  2. Beneficial for allergies and asthma.
  3. Has anti-cancer properties.
  4. Helps in promoting healthy complexion and hair.
  5. Helpful in weight reduction.