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Pineapple Eats You!

‘Pineapple eats you’ – sounds a bit like something out of a horror movie doesn’t it?

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You may have heard before that there are certain enzymes found in pineapples – and papaya –  that eat flesh. But before you begin panicking,  this isn’t quite as drastic as it sounds.

In fact, it’s something that most people only discover when they want to make jam from these fruits, as the fruits’ flesh does not gel due to enzymes they contain.

This post will take a look at exactly what these enzymes are – and why you don’t need to worry about them!

Bromelain

Pineapples contain copious amounts of bromelain, a type of enzyme which helps to break tough protein chains. It is found in large amounts in the skin and stem.

For this reason, pineapple makes an excellent marinade, as it really helps to tenderize meat. You do need to avoid marinating for too long, however, as it can cause the meat to fall apart!

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It is the power of the bromelain enzyme that stops pineapples from turning into jam or jelly when combined with gelatin. The enzyme breaks the gelatin down too, so it cannot gel.

One way to overcome this is to use agar-agar as minimizes the reaction that typically occurs.

As the enzyme is so strong, anyone handling large amounts of pineapple should wear protective face wear and gloves, otherwise the enzyme can eat away at the flesh on the hands and face.

You may have even noticed yourself that if you have cut up lots of pineapple yourself that your hands may become dry and flaky. You may even notice little sores! 

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One of our favorite ways to use pineapple is to make an awesome pork stir fry, which produces perfectly succulent and juicy pieces of pork. 

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If you’ve got lots of pineapple chopped up from dinner, the obvious next step is a delicious dessert! Hummingbird Cupcakes are just perfect for your spare pineapple!

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