Bromelaids

People love bromeliads. We sell them frequently. They are stunning, long-lasting plants, and the only special care they need is water in the flower not in the soil
brom 1Bromeliads are a varied group of organisms, adapted to a number of climates. Foliage takes different shapes, from needle-thin to broad and flat, symmetrical to irregular, spiky to soft. The foliage, which usually grows in a rosette, is the most widely patterned and colored of any plant in the world. Leaf colors range from maroon, through shades of green, to gold. Varieties may have leaves with red, yellow, white and cream variations. Others may be spotted with  purple, red, or cream, while others have different colors on the tops and bottoms of the leaves.

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Here is something I’ll bet you didn’t know about the bromeliad!

The pineapple is a member of the bromeliad family.

It is extremely rare that bromeliads produce edible fruit. The pineapple is the only available edible bromeliad today. It is a multiple fruit. One pineapple is actually made up of dozens of individual floweret’s that grow together to form the entire fruit. Each scale on a pineapple is evidence of a separate flower.

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*Pineapples stop ripening the minute they are picked.
*No special way of storing them will help ripen them further.
*Color is relatively unimportant in determining ripeness.
*Choose your pineapple by smell. If it smells fresh, tropical and sweet, it will be a good fruit.
*The more scales on the pineapple, the sweeter and juicier the taste.
*After you cut off the top, you can plant it.
*It should grow much like a sweet potato will.

This delicious fruit is not only sweet and tropical; it also offers many benefits to our health. Pineapple is a remarkable fruit. We find it enjoyable because of its lush, sweet and exotic flavor, but it may also be one of the most healthful foods available today.

*If we take a more detailed look at it, we will find that pineapple is valuable for easing indigestion, arthritis or sinusitis.
   *The juice has an anthelmintic effect; it helps get rid of intestinal worms.
*Pineapple is high in manganese, a mineral that is critical to development of strong bones and connective tissue. A cup of fresh pineapple will give you nearly 75% of the recommended daily amount.

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*It is particularly helpful to older adults, whose bones tend to become brittle with age.
*Bromelain, a proteolytic enzyme, is the key to pineapple’s value. Proteolytic means “breaks down protein”, which is why pineapple is known to be a digestive aid. It helps the body digest proteins more efficiently. Bromelain is also considered an effective anti-inflammatory.

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*Regular ingestion of at least one half cup of fresh pineapple daily is purported to relieve painful joints common to osteoarthritis. It also produces mild pain relief.
*In Germany, bromelain is approved as a post-injury medication because it is thought to reduce inflammation and swelling.
   *Orange juice is a popular liquid for those suffering from a cold because it is high in Vitamin C. Fresh pineapple is not only high in this vitamin, but because of the Bromelain, it has the ability to reduce mucous in the throat. If you have a cold with a productive cough, add pineapple to your diet.

*It is commonly used in Europe as a post-operative measure to cut mucous after certain sinus and throat operations.
*Those individuals who eat fresh pineapple daily report fewer sinus problems related to allergies. In and of itself, pineapple has a very low risk for allergies.
*Pineapple is also known to discourage blood clot development. This makes it a valuable dietary addition for frequent fliers and others who may be at risk for blood clots.
*An old folk remedy for morning sickness is fresh pineapple juice, it really works! Fresh juice and some nuts first thing in the morning often make a difference.
*It’s also good for a healthier mouth. The fresh juice discourages plaque growth.

Next time you see a bromeliad, remember this: You don’t want to eat it unless it’s a pineapple!!

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27 thoughts on “Bromelaids

  1. I never knew all that about a pineapple. I have said many times to hubby, let that pineapple sit a few more days on the counter so it can ripen!!!

  2. Wow never even heard of a Bromelaid and now to know the pineapple belongs to this group. I love pineapple but hardly ever seem to get a ripe one. Thanks for teaching us to find that just right pineapple.

    • I always look for the prettiest one so I can put it in a gift baskets, but the prettiest is not always the ripest one in the bunch. I know, I know, I should check for ripe before I check for pretty, but gee, pretty = impressive, and I like to put the pineapple at the top of the basket! What is a girl to do!!!

  3. Great advice, and the flowers are stunning…just great color. And, I love pineapple. That’s just for the record, lol…

  4. Wow what great information about the bromeliad and the pineapple! You are right, I didn’t know most of those things about the pineapple. I took bromeline after surgery because of the anti-inflammatory effects.

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