Pineapples are one of the only members of the bromeliad family that actually produces fruit.

It’s incredible health benefits include boosting immunity with high levels of vitamin C, along with high levels of manganese which help to develop strong bones and connective tissue, they aid in digestion as well as reducing severe inflammation and can reduce tumor growth according to the Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

This fruit is both rich in bromelain and vitamin C; therefore it helps in preventing and treating respiratory ailments and decreasing phlegm and mucus can build up in the respiratory tracts and sinus cavities, as per research conducted by JM Braun, University of Cologne.

So how do you pick a ripe pineapple?
A pineapple should have a small amount of give when squeezed gently. Pineapples should have a base which smells sweet, just like its juice. A fragrance-free pineapple is either picked too early or is not as sweet as it should be. Also when pineapple is ripe, you should be able to pull out one of the leaves with some ease.

Mango Pineapple Sherbert
2 cups frozen mango
2 cups frozen pineapple
1/4 cup water (or coconut water)

Blend all ingredients together with a powerful hand blender. Then enjoy this savory tropical soft-serve treat right away, or put it in the freezer for a tasty sorbet-like dessert. You can add slightly more water to achieve the consistency you prefer.

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