Fresh pineapple juice are gaining popularity in the modern world as more individuals seek a healthier lifestyle. Pineapples may be consumed fresh, canned, juiced, and are found in a wide array of food stuffs:
- fruit salad
- ice cream
Fresh pineapple juice is among the coveted juices which are easy to make yet nutritious and tasty. You can choose to drink it on its own or blend it with other beverages.
Alternatively you can make sauces and marinades with the fresh juice.
The quality of your juice will largely depend on the juicer you choose for the task as well as the condition of the fruit you pick to juice.
It is important to note that pineapples do not ripen once they have been picked.
This means that if you want high quality and tasty juice you must source for ripe fruits from the green grocer or store. Ripe pineapple fruits have a sweet aroma, feels heavy since they are juicy and when gently squeezed their skin yields slightly.
A little history
During ancient times sailors on long voyages were provided with pineapple juice in order to protect them against scurvy as they passed through the tropics.
This shows how much ancient people trusted pineapple juice although they did not fully understand it awesome properties.
The pineapple fruit is a native of America and was named “pina” by the Spanish since they associated it with pine cones.
How to make Pineapple juice
The following process should guide you on how to juice a pineapple fruit in a juicer:
- Choose a pineapple fruit that has an intact consistent rind.
- Clean the pineapple using cold running water. If you must use soap then consider using soaps that are recommended for cleaning vegetables and fruits. After washing the fruit thoroughly dry with a paper towel or clean cloth.
- Place the pineapple fruit on its side on a cutting board and cut the top plus the bottom off leaving both ends flat.
- Place the pineapple upright on either end then slice off the rind by cutting down the sides. The cuts should be from top towards the bottom. Ensure you remove the rind with every slice down the sides. Some bits of rind might remain but this should not worry you. A potato peeler can come in handy if you need to dig out some rind patches that are hard to remove using the down slicing motion of the knife.
- Slice the pineapple down the middle while it is still upright and proceed to cut the pieces lengthwise in order to have four long pieces. Put the pieces side by side and cut into 1/4 pieces or more depending on your juicer. The core is part of the fruit so there is no need to remove it, however you can cut it off from individual pieces.
- Place the pieces into the juicer and turn it on to create fresh juice. You are likely to have a decent amount of pineapple juice especially if the fruit was ripe enough. Turn off the machine once the collecting cup is full. Next get the swizzle stick and give the fresh juice a couple of hearty stirs. Some people prefer to add a teaspoonful of honey or sugar to sweeten the beverage or reduce the sour taste due to its acidic properties.
Health benefits of pineapple juice
Fresh pineapple juice is highly nutritious and healthy to drink since it contains large amounts of vitamin C, B 6, niacin, foliate, calcium, potassium, thiamine, riboflavin and zinc.
Just like most fleshy fruits, pineapples contains large amounts of natural sugar which is healthy for consumption, however diabetic individuals are best advised to avoid it.
Pineapple juice has been known to have wonderful properties that are not common in other fruits, this include vitamin C and bromelain which is a rare enzyme found in only in papayas and pineapples.
Bromelain is highly concentrated in the pineapple rind.
The antioxidant vitamin C play a most important role in the body’s health-giving process. Exercise caution since only organically grown fruits should have their rinds juiced .
The health benefits of bromelain are:
- Anti-inflammatory: it is known to fight off infections and harmful bacteria; drinking fresh pineapple juice especially when you have a cold soothes and heals the throat apart from reducing swollen glands.
- Reducing pains and aches associated with various infections
- Treating respiratory ailments such as hay fever, pneumonia and bronchitis
- Acts as a natural digestive enzyme which makes it ideal after a meal
It is important to note that pineapple juice tends to turn sour giving it a bitter taste if stored for some time after extracting it.
Adding a small amount of lemon juice usually stops the juice from turning brown if you need to store it for a brief period otherwise it should be consumed as soon as possible before it deteriorates.
But the fruit itself is quite perishable and storage of it should be taken seriously. If it is stored at room temperature, it should be used within two days. However, if it is refrigerated, the time span is extended to five to seven days.
Recipe for pineapple juice
- 1 Whole Cleaned And Skinless Pineapple
- 1 Cup Of Crushed Ice (Optional Garnish)
- 1 Large Fresh Mint Sprig (Optional Garnish)
Serving Size 1
128 Calories Per Serving and 0 Grams Of Fat
Cut your pineapple into pieces that can fit into your juicer, and then turn on the juicer and begin feeding each piece into it one by one.
You may want to garnish it with a cup of crushed iced, which will dilute it’s sweetness slightly, be cause pure pineapple juice can be really sweet.
Finally, decorate your glass with an optional fresh mint sprig.