Mitch and I have been twisting off the tops of pineapples and planting them right in the soil for many years now. Once you put the top in the dirt, they require no care, at least here in sunny south Florida. Mother Nature does her thing with sunshine and rain, and though it might take a couple of years, it’s always a high when a little pineapple starts to show itself in the center of the plant. Yesterday, we pulled off two ripe fruits. While neither was as large as others we have grown, they both are sweet and yummy! Low in calories, pineapples are a powerhouse of vitamins and minerals and a great source of the enzyme bromelain, which is very good for our digestive system. Pineapples are known to have anti-inflammatory, anti-clotting and anti-cancer properties. They are a great source of vitamins A and C and are rich in the B-complex group with folates, and the minerals copper, maganese and potassium. Sometimes it’s still amazing to me how chock full of health just ONE fruit can be!
Later today, Derek and Jolene will begin their journey driving from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida to Fullerton, California. Along with lots of love and wishes for all great things, we will be sending them off with a container of our fresh grown pineapple. It not only says aloha (hello and goodbye) but will help keep them fueled up with energy and health. It will also let them take a little bit of us, with them.