Archive for July 28th, 2011

Pineapple – Ananas comosus

Pineapple
Pineapple

Pineapple, pineapple the elixir of life
Pineapple, pineapple cut open with a knife
Pineapple, pineapple the sensitive fruit…

By Unknown

To read the rest of the poem

Everyone knows this fruit from fields and fields growing in the tropics like Hawaii, but did you know it originated in Paraguay and the southern part of Brazil? Christopher Columbus and his shipmates saw the pineapple for the first time on the island of Guadeloupe in 1493 and then again in Panama in 1502. The Guarani peoples of northern Paraguay were the first to domesticate pineapples. The native peoples of several Caribbean islands placed pineapples or ‘pineapple crowns’ outside of their door to symbolize their friendship and hospitality were being extended. Pineapple was first brought to the Hawaiian Islands in 1886 from Guyana, South America.

Pineapples have conflicting role in sexual desire…Pineapple is reported to be an aphrodisiac! Eat a piece of the fruit in a drink and increase desire, also it is used in homeopathic treatments for impotence.  But drink the juice to reduce sexual desire and lust.

Pineapple has been used for the treatment of corns, tumors and warts. It has cholagogue, depurative, diaphoretic, digestive, discutient, diuretic, ecbolic, emmenagogue, estrogenic, hydragogue, intoxicant, laxative, parasiticide, purgative, refrigerant, styptic, and vermifuge properties!

It is the only Bromelaid to produce an edible fruit. Most of the harvest is canned today, but it can be eaten fresh, juiced, made into syrup, or candied. It has been used to improve the diets of the ill, helping them to heal and improve quickly.

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