We pride ourselves at Treehugger to wait for the pineapples to be all yellow before harvesting. It is so important to pick acid fruits such as pineapples when they are vine ripped to ensure the fruit will alkalize our body and not acidify it. It also makes it a much more pleasant experience in the mouth when fully ripped, juicy and as sweet as they can get. We currently harvest when ready sugarloaf and smooth cayenne varieties. In the next few years we will also have the Florida special variety and Elite Gold.
Fresh pineapple is a storehouse for several health promoting compounds, minerals and vitamins that are essential for optimum heath. It contains a proteolytic enzyme bromelain that aids the digestive system in its chores of breaking down food. It is well know to help break down protein into simple amino acids. Bromelain also has anti-inflammatory, anti-clotting and anti-cancer properties. It is an excellent source of vitamins A, B,C as well as copper and potassium.