10 strange pineapple facts

by John Pope

A list of ten strange and interesting facts about pineapples. Including oral sex, tenderising meat, and how to clean a machete blade.

This article first appeared on John on Food in June 2009, and was constantly the most popular article on the site until it was moved to here in January 2012.

Pineapples are really very strange things. It would probably be reasonably easy to write a whole book, albeit a small one, containing things that most people don’t know about the spiky topped fruit. Partially because I’m not sure that anyone would buy the book, but mostly because I just can’t be bothered, I am instead going to just keep it down to these 10 interesting (I think) facts.

  1. There are a lot of foods that affect the taste of your seminal or vaginal fluids, but pineapple is one of the strongest. Eating a lot of pineapple makes you taste sweeter, and less ‘fishy’.

  2. When you cut up a pineapple at home, you normally chuck the skin, core and ends in the bin. The pineapple canning industry doesn’t though, these bits are used for making alcohol, vinegar and animal feed.

  3. Each pineapple plant only produces just one pineapple per year.

  4. Unripe pineapples don’t just taste vile, but can actually be quite poisonous. Eating it causes serious throat irritation and it has a strong laxative effect.

  5. Pineapples grow slowly, and can take up to two years to reach full size, so we pick and eat them when they are much smaller, but if they are left to their own devices they can reach up to 9kg (20lbs).

  6. If you want to speed up the ripening of a pineapple, so that you can eat it faster, then you can do it by standing it upside down (on the leafy end).

  7. Traditionally pineapple juice was used as a diuretic and to induce labour.

  8. The Bromelain enzyme in pineapples breaks down proteins. This means that you can use pineapple or pineapple juice as a meat tenderiser.

  9. The same Bromelain enzyme means that you can’t put fresh pineapple in jelly, because it breaks down the gelatine. You can stop this from happening by boiling the chunks of pineapple in their juice or in water for a few minutes, or you can use canned pineapple.

  10. In case you find yourself on a sailing trip in the tropics without any Ajax, you might like to know that pineapple juice mixed with sand is very good for cleaning boat decks and machete blades.

Fact #1 is also the inspiration behind our very first scientific survey – which you can find here: The pineapple sex test

41 thoughts on “10 strange pineapple facts

  1. I knew pineapple makes smell and taste good. It also makes your milk taste
    when breastfeeding. I learned several years ago a mans cemen cures an upset
    stomach, dont know if a womens juice can do same thing.

  2. Lol so I’m eating pineapples right now n dats y I jus decided to look into it…I’m sorry tho some of dis stuff is jus crazy…u going to farr when u begin to taste your own semen I’m sorry dats my opinion n I don’t mean any harm u do wat u want bt it’s creepy!

    • I know a lot of men have tasted their own cum precum and prostatic fluid. Initially it’s like curiosity. It’s good to do that since you get to know what it tastes like before you ask anyone if they want a mouth full. Besides it’s come out of your own body and is sterile unless you have an infection in your nether regions. It’s like urine, i’ve tasted and drank mine, it’s supposed to be therapeutic. Other body fluids include precum and prostatic secretions, well they are the components of semen anyway. What about milk or your partner’s love juice? You get a mouthful of that. Anyway there is one thing I would draw the line at but I’m not going to mention it you can guess.

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  4. Theres a LOT Of perverts out there; at least u dont hve to look them in the face, literally!’ Lol and they cant SEE (**) YOU! PLUS it feels safer ths way?

  5. I believe that once the pineapple is picked. The ripening of a pineapple will stop. so no matter what you do. it will not ripen. I read that on another report.

  6. I love the core of the pineapple!! i also eat lots of fresh fruit and vegies daily but not because im vegian but because i like to eat when im bored so why not make it healthy lol i eat pineapple the most tho basically because im the only one who really eats in my home and i have a sweet tooth i constantly crave sweets,…..we juice it and cut it up here i stopped buying the canned pineapple and started buying fresh…

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