Mrs. Happy is on holiday in Thailand.
Well, if that is not making me happy, what would? Thailand is a wonderful country, with lots of beautiful, smiling ladies. And the food…I could write post after post about the delicious fresh foods they cook here (maybe I will next time).
Today I am sitting in a deckchair, under a palm tree, sipping a fresh fruit drink. I am sitting here already for hours and hours, just relaxing and enjoying the atmosphere. And look at the sea. Watch how the sun paints silver spots on the water, listen to the sound the waves make when they brake on the beach. Sheer happiness.
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Fresh pineapple is a healthy fruit with almost no calories. It is a storehouse of several unique wellness promoting substances, minerals and supplements that are vital for optimum wellness.
Fresh pineapple is a great source of antioxidant supplement; vitamin C. 100 g fruit has 47.8 or 80 % of this vitamin. Vitamin C is needed for the collagen synthesis in the body. Collagen is the main structural healthy protein in the physique needed for keeping the integrity of capillary, skin, organs, and bones. Normal usage of foods rich in vitamin C assists the physique shield from scurvy; develop resistance against contagious representatives (boosts resistance) and scavenge unsafe, pro-inflammatory cost-free radicals from the body.
100 g fruit gives almost FIFTY calories equal to that of apples. Its physical nature consists of no saturated fats or cholesterol; nonetheless, it is wealthy source of soluble and insoluble nutritional fiber like pectin.
Pineapple fruit contains a proteolytic enzyme bromelain that digest food by breaking down protein. Bromelain also has anti-inflammatory, anti-clotting and anti-cancer features. Researches have shown that consumption of pineapple consistently aids battle against arthritis, indigestion and worm problem.
It also contains small amount Vitamin A (offers 58 IU each 100 g) and beta-carotene levels. These compounds are known to have antioxidant properties. Vitamin A is additionally required preserving healthy and balanced mucus membrane layers, skin and important for eyesight. Researches have actually recommended that intake of organic fruits wealthy in flavonoids aids the human body to secure from lung and oral cavity cancers.
Additionally, this fruit is abundant in B-complex group of vitamins like folates, thiamin, pyridoxine, riboflavin and minerals like copper, manganese and potassium. Potassium is an essential element of cell and body fluids, assists regulating heart rate and blood pressure. Copper is a beneficial cofactor for red blood cell synthesis. Manganese is a co-factor for the enzyme superoxide dismutase, which is a very powerful free radical scavenger.
Selection and storage of pineapple
Pineapples on the market
Pineapple or ananas period lasts from March till June when fresh fruits are available at their best. On the market, choose the one that weights heavy for its size. While larger fruits will have a greater proportion of edible physical nature, there is normally no difference in top quality between a little and large-size pineapple.
Select fruit that needs to be without soft spots, mold, swellings and darkened “eyes,” every one of which may show that the fruit is over its prime. Some individuals find freshness, ripeness and quality by tapping a finger against the edge of the fruit. A great, ripe pineapple has a dull, strong sound while immaturity and bad quality are suggested by a hollow thud. It stops ripening as soon as it is harvested; as a result, take a fruit with a great smelling wonderful smell at the stem end. Avoid those that smell rotten, sour or fermented.
Ripe ones perish promptly if left at room temperature level. Considering that they chill sensitive and can not easily be saved in the fridge for long periods, much better use as quick as possible. However, if you don’t want to eat the whole pineapple at ones, you can leave it in the fridge for one or two days, for later usage.
Preparation and the good way to serve
Pineapple can easily be reduced and peeled off in lots of ways. Generally, the crown and the foundation of the fruit are sliced off with a knife. Then, to strip the fruit, place its foundation adverse down and very carefully slice off the skin, taking any type of remaining “eyes” with the tip of your knife. Once the rind is eliminated, cut the fruit in to your preferable sizes.
One might additionally make use of pineapple “corers” to make the job easier. While they supply a fast and handy method for striping and coring pineapples, sometimes, they lead to waste of an excellent amount of fruit since they often can easily not be readjusted for different-sized fruits. Likewise, some markets offer tools that will peel off and center the ananas, but once again, this process could lose some precious fruit.
How to clean a pineapple
In the video below you see the Thai Style of cleaning a pineapple.
You do need a sharp knife and some patience, but you are getting the wonderful taste of a fresh pineapple, without the eyes!
A good knife is an investment, but as soon as you get used to the sharpness; you will ask yourself …how did I ever manage without it? Mama-Buddha herself is using the Japanese Shun-knifes.
Why you are sunflowers…
‘Mama-Buddha, why are you calling your readers sunflower?’
Good question my sunflower!
Well, I love sunflowers. The color, the brightness, how they grow quickly and how they move their sunflower-heads towards the sun. It makes me feel warm and happy inside.
And you, my dear reader, you can also have a very fast (mentally) growth.
And I know that you also love light, sunshine, bright colors and happiness.
So that is why I refer to you as sunflowers.