The pineapple is originally from South America and botanically speaking, belongs to the Bromeliads botanical family.

Pineapple cultivation is widespread throughout the world today and its growing areas are concentrated in tropical climate regions. There are over 100 pineapple varieties, whereas mainly the “Extra Sweet” or “Smooth Cayenne” varieties are available in Switzerland. Pineapple fruit is actually a collection of fruits with about 100 to 200 individual berries. A pineapple weighs an average of 800 grams. Some varieties can weigh up to five kilos.

When a pineapple is ripe for eating, it springs back slightly following gentle finger pressure and it smells fruity sweet. Pineapples are sensitive to cold and should not be stored in the refrigerator. Canned pineapple slices or pieces can be found almost everywhere. However, sugar content in canned pineapple is very high, which is why fresh fruit should be favoured instead.

Season: Year round (imported produce)

Nutritional Value: Pineapple – Swiss food composition database


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Fresh pineapple should not be mixed with milk or milk products. This leads to a bitter taste caused by the proteolytic enzyme Bromalin.

1 portion a day corresponds to:

1 thick slice of pineapple (about 2 cm)