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Pineapple (Ananas Comosus)

A large oval tropical fruit with a hard knobbly skin surrounding sweet, juicy pale yellow flesh.

The fruit is a native of Brazil, but wild varieties are very seedy, unlike their cultivated cousins.

Pineapples are rich in vitamin C and potassium, but low in other nutrients. They contain bromelain, however, a protein-splitting enzyme which increases digestion ability, and like Paw paws are used on some tropical islands as a powerful meat tenderisers. Bromelain itself is sold in capsule-form as a digestive aid. See 'Bromelin'

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