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With its vibrant color, sweet aroma, and refreshing taste, pineapple is the perfect summer fruit.

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Benefits of pineapple in summer

Pineapple is a summer fruit rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. It is a rich source of vitamin A and K, calcium, potassium, folic acid, etc. It has a good amount of vitamin C and is great for skin health. It does a great job of keeping you hydrated in the summer months, aids in weight loss, and also promotes healthy digestion. Doctors from all over the world have been talking about these pineapple benefits and to know more read this. Peeling and dicing pineapples can be tricky, here's how to do it right. Image courtesy of: Adobe Stock

How to peel and cut pineapple?

All pineapple recipes call for peeling and cutting the pineapple. So first learn how to cut a pineapple.

1. Place the pineapple on a cutting board and stabilize it by applying light pressure with one hand.
2. Using a sharp knife, cut off the top (the leafy top) of the pineapple by cutting it straight. Set the crown aside; it is typically not consumed.
3. Next, cut the base (bottom) of the pineapple, creating a flat surface for stability.
4. Stand the pineapple upright on the flat end you just created. Hold the top firmly and slice down, following the curve of the pineapple, to remove the striped skin. Be sure to remove all of the tough outer skin, including the "eyes" (small, brown, circular dots) that are embedded in the flesh.
5. Lay the peeled pineapple on its side and cut into round slices of the desired thickness. You can cut the round slices further into quarters or smaller pieces if needed.
6. Once the pineapple is cut, you can use it in various recipes or enjoy it as it is.


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How to eat pineapple in summer?

Pineapple is a delicious and refreshing fruit, perfect to enjoy during the summer season. Here are eight healthy and delicious ways to eat pineapple this summer:


1. Pineapple Salsa

Dice fresh pineapple and combine with diced tomatoes, red onions, jalapeños, cilantro, lime juice and a pinch of salt. This flavorful dip pairs well with grilled fish or chicken. Make this pineapple dip for a perfect summer snack!

2. Pineapple smoothie

Blend chunks of fresh pineapple with coconut milk, spinach, a banana and a handful of ice cubes. This tropical smoothie is packed with vitamins and minerals, making it a nourishing and refreshing summer treat.

3. Grilled pineapple

Cut the pineapple into thick slices and grill them until they develop grill marks. The heat caramelises the natural sugars, intensifying the sweetness. Serve the grilled pineapple as a side dish or as a topping for burgers or grilled meats.

4. Pineapple popsicles

Puree the fresh pineapple in a blender and pour the mixture into the ice lolly moulds. Add a few pineapple chunks for texture if you like. Freeze the molds until solid and you have a healthy and refreshing pineapple popsicle.

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5. Pineapple and coconut yogurt parfait

Layer the Greek yogurt, pineapple chunks, toasted coconut flakes and a drizzle of honey in a glass. Repeat the layers and on the last layer, sprinkle the shredded coconut on top. If desired, add a small amount of honey or maple syrup to the parfait for added sweetness. Garnish with fresh mint leaves for a pop of color and added freshness. Serve immediately and enjoy Pineapple Coconut Yogurt Parfait as a refreshing and healthy snack or breakfast option.

6. Pineapple Teriyaki Skewers

Thread pineapple chunks, peppers, and your choice of protein (like chicken, shrimp, or tofu) onto skewers. Grill them or bake them with a homemade teriyaki sauce for a delicious, tropical meal.

7. Pineapple sorbet

Blend frozen pineapple chunks with a splash of coconut water or pineapple juice until smooth. The result is a refreshing, dairy-free pineapple sorbet that's perfect for battling the summer heat.

8. Pineapple juice

Place the pineapple chunks in a blender or food processor. If desired, add a small amount of a sweetener such as honey for added sweetness. Blend the pineapple until you get a smooth puree. Then, strain the pineapple mixture through a fine-mesh sieve or cheesecloth to separate the juice from any stringy or pulpy bits. You can skip this step if you prefer a more pulpy juice. Transfer the strained pineapple juice to a pitcher or container. You can pop it in the fridge to chill or serve it immediately over ice. Pineapple juice isn't just for the taste, it's healthy too! Image courtesy: Shutterstock

Remember to choose ripe pineapples with a sweet aroma for the best flavor in these recipes. Enjoy your pineapple creations and savor the taste of summer!

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