Ananas Comosus

Center of Origin

Pineapples originated in South America, by the Europeans in 1493, on the island Guadalupe. During the 16th century, this plant was transported around the world by Portuguese and Spanish explorers to Asian, African and South Pacific colonies. Pineapples were successfully developed in Hawaii in 1896. Other commercially grown pineapples come from Thailand, Philippines, China, Brazil and Mexico.

Also Known As...

Pineapples or Ananas comosus is part of the Bromeliaceae family. Pineapples known as "Ananas" in Hindi, "Anasa Pandu" in Telugu, "Anasi Pazham" in Tamil, "Kayita Chakka" in Malayalam and "Anarash" in Bengali.

Health Benefits

Pineapples possible health benefits include asthma prevention, lowering blood pressure, combating the formation of free radicals that cause cancer, diabetes, digestion, fertility, healing and inflammation, heart health, and skin damage.

These benefits are possible due to the high amounts of vitamin C, bromelian and other enzymes, high fiber, and potassium.

World Production

About 11% of the worlds production of pineapples come from Thailand and the Philippines. Brazil and China produce 10%, India produces 9%, Nigeria 6%, Costa Rica and Mexico 5%, Kenya 4% and 3% comes from Indonesia.
DOLE Pineapple Growing and Harvesting

Works Cited

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Dole Tube. DOLE Pineapple Growing and Harvesting (Youtube Video).