Also known as Ananas. The pineapple, once classed as an exotic, is the most popular and mainstream tropical fruit. The firm spiky textured skin is a greyish-green colour encasing the sweet flesh and juice. It is often consumed as an after dinner dessert as it is a good source of the enzyme pepsin, which helps to break down protein, aiding digestion. Pineapple juice is also an excellent choice as an acidulator to keep fruits and vegetables from oxidizing and turning brown, but use canned rather than fresh so it will not soften the foods soaking in it. Pineapple Cake is a favorite American dessert. Pineapple also works well in savory dishes, marrying well with vegetables and spices.
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