The origin and benefits of pineapple
Pineapple belongs to the bromeliad family and is a herbaceous plant that can reach 1 m to 1.50 m. It has long lanceolate leaves from 50 cm to 1.80 m, sometimes toothed or sometimes smooth. The flowering of the pineapple is characterized by the appearance of a crown of short leaves surmounting a set of blue flowers at the end of its stems. The whole then gives way to many conical fruits that we know well. Today, there are many varieties of pineapple, the flesh of which is more or less juicy, sometimes rather white or yellow. Pineapple is a tropical plant that cannot withstand a temperature below 10° C.
Moreover, its fruit should not be stored in the refrigerator. On the other hand, the pineapple quite tolerates low soil fertility. It requires about 14-20 months of planting before it can be harvested. This was discovered when Christopher Columbus arrived in Guadeloupe in 1493. He was offered it as a welcome gift. Pineapple then arrived in Martinique in 1548 before reaching Europe in 1672. In France, attempts were made to cultivate it in 1702, at the instigation of Louis XIV. If pineapple is particularly appreciated for its fruity, exotic, and juicy flavor, know that it is also perfect for your health. Indeed, as it is a source of manganese, it is particularly beneficial for the bones. Likewise, it fights against cancer cells and acts as an anti-inflammatory. Rich in bromelain, it also thins the blood. It limits the clotting of platelets, thus reducing the risk of phlebitis or stroke. Authentic detox ingredients promote digestion while acting on cellulite. Finally, it prevents colds and infections.
The fruity smell of pineapple
In addition to its many virtues, pineapple is also an ingredient increasingly used in perfumery. Indeed, it brings a very fruity and sunny touch to the fragrances. This one is reserved almost exclusively for female creations but sometimes appears in male or mixed juices. Many varieties of pineapple are then used. Nevertheless, one of the favorites of perfumers remains the Victoria pineapple, which comes from the Indian Ocean and is known for its more subtle aromas contained in its smaller size. However, as with many fruits, it is not possible to extract an essential oil directly from its fruit. Thus, its scent is reproduced in the laboratory. To do this, perfumers mainly use allyl caproate, a molecule with a typical odor of pineapple.
If the pineapple is sufficient on its own, know that it also allows you to recreate the flavor of a pina colada for a little that it is coupled with coconut, an absolute delight! This is displayed in many famous perfumes. It is notably one of the flagship products of the Amor Amor collection by Cacharel and enriches the recipes of Baby Doll by Yves Saint-Laurent or Born in Paradise by Escada.