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Pineapple plant

Identification of Pineapple plant

Pineapple plant

Scientific name: Ananas comosus

The pineapple is a plant of the family of Bromeleaceas.
It has long leaves up to a meter, spiny and fleshy. The fruit is divided into sections with a crown that characterizes it.

The fruit is usually parthenocarpic. The cultivated fruits are seedless. The fruit pulp is white to yellow with a sourish-sweet, aromatic smell and taste.

Pineapple content and active ingredients

The active ingredients of pineapple are:

  • Proteolytic enzymes (bromelain or bromelain).
  • Citric and malic acids.
  • Vitamins A, B and C.
  • Sugars: glucose, sucrose.
  • Fats.
  • Mineral salts: iodine, magnesium, manganese, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, iron, sulfur.
  • High fiber (cellulose), in the core of the fruit.

can be deactivated with oxidizing substances or activated with thiols such as cysteine, as well as small amounts of a phosphatase, a peroxidase or protease inhibitors.

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