Apart from being loaded with vitamins and minerals, pineapples have a lot of other health benefits. They are full of manganese, which helps to strengthen bones. One cup a day of pineapple in any form provides 73% of the daily recommended amount of this stuff. Pineapple is also great for treating coughs or colds. While the extra vitamin C doesn't hurt, pineapples contain bromelain, which has been found to help suppress coughs and loosen mucus.
EHow has a great idea for making sure that pineapple skin doesn't get wasted after eating the juicy inside. Here's a way to make fresh pineapple juice using the skin of a pineapple and a few other ingredients.
Take your pineapple and scrub with a brush under hot sink water for a few minutes. Boil 2 quarts of water on the stove, and then turn off burner. Cut away skin from your pineapple with a large knife. De-vein the pineapple but leave the cored fruit. Place all the extras from the pineapple (skin and juice that leaked, etc.) into the pot of water. Let contents, including a piece of ginger root, steam in the water for an hour. Enjoy the pineapple fruit any way you'd like!
After an hour, blend the contents of the water pot in a blender. Strain two or three times with a cloth sieve. Sweeten, if needed, with sugar and refrigerate until cold. Voila! You've got freshly made pineapple juice without actually using the fruit part!
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