Pineapples are one of my favorite fruits. They’re sweet, juicy, bright, and provide a whole lot of nutrition. But have you ever eaten a pineapple and experienced your tongue and mouth burning, to the point where you even bleed? if so, there’s an explanation to this.
Pineapples are rich in an enzyme called bromelain. Bromelain breaks down protein and causes a burning sensation in the mouth. Although this enzyme is known for it’s nutritious properties, it can cause an unpleasant experience for all those who enjoy eating pineapple. Luckily, there’s a way to avoid the burning mouth and tongue sensation when you eat pineapples.
To avoid bleeding when you eat pineapples, make sure your pineapples are RIPE. And by ripe, I mean, your pineapple must be all yellow. it cannot have any green spots, as even just a little green can cause the burning sensation to start. Unripe pineapples are extremely high in bromelain, but neutralizes when the pineapple is ripe. Thus, when you eat ripe pineapples, you don’t feel the bromelain burning affects at all.
My father brought home an all yellow pineapple today from the store and it was very sweet. It did not burn my tongue at all and the pineapple eating experience was well enjoyed.
I also learned a while back from my fruit friends that another reason why pineapples burn your tongue is because it’s not picked ripe. The Fruitarian Dancer, Sarah, explains how to pikc a good, non-acidic pineapple in the video embedded below.
And please keep in mind, if your mouth and tongue get cut up from eating a pineapple, imagine what its doing inside of you! Eating an unripe, acidic pineapple cuts your insides!
So the next time you go to the store to pick your pineapple, remember what you learned from this post! Also, pineapples can be easily re-grown by planting the crown in the ground. Another pineapple will grow and you can repeat this process over and over again!
Please share this post with all the pineapple lovers you know, and don’t hesitate to comment below any tips you may have!
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