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)
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.