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Fruit of the Month: Pineapple
The word "Pineapple," is derived from theword pina, which was used to describe a pine cone by the Spanish. Later, it wasintroduced to the Hawaiian Islands whichare now the leading producers of thisfruit. Today, in the United States the pineapple can be marketed as fresh or canned and it is most widely used astropical canned fruit in recipes. (WellnessEncyclopedia of Food and Nutrition, 1992)
Varieties
There are four types of pineapples mainlyfound in the marketplace. These includethe Gold, smooth Cayenne, Red Spanish andSugar Loaf. They are sold fresh andcanned and all have a sweet flavor. TheGold variety features an extra sweetflavor, golden color, and higher vitamin Ccontent.
 
Selecting
Select pineapples with a nice fragrant smell. If possible choose pineapplesthat have been jet shipped from Hawaii or Central America because they will be the freshest. Avoid those pineapples with sour or fermented odors. It isreally ripe if you can easily pull one of the leaves out of the top.
Storing
Store at room temperature for 1 or 2 days before serving to allow the pineapple to become softer and sweeter. Store in the refrigerator for 3 to5 days or cut pineapple into chunks and store for up to 7 days. Cut up pineapple also freezes well.
Make Pineapple Part of Your 5 A Day Plan
It is easy to include pineapples in your 5 A Day Plan. Drink a glass of  pineapple juice in the morning before work or school, eat a slice of pineappletopped with cottage cheese or add to your favorite low fat pizza for a funtreat.
 
Pineapple Slaw
Makes 6 servings
Recipes
Each serving equals one 5 A Day serving2½ cups shredded cabbage1 cup shredded carrots1 cup pineapple chunks¼ cup raisins2½ Tbsp pineapple juiceCombine all ingredients in large bowl. Toss and serve or put in refrigerator covered until serving time. Nutritional analysis per serving: calories 64, protein 1g, fat 0g, percentcalories from at 2%, cholesterol 0mg, carbohydrates 16g, fiber 2g, sodium17mg

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