10 strange pineapple facts

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 entirely 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 grow a lot bigger. The world record is currently 8.28kg (18.25lbs).

  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

66 thoughts on “10 strange pineapple facts

  • September 20, 2012 at 6:12 pm
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    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.

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    • September 21, 2012 at 1:10 pm
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      Yes, it’s the high level of acidity in the pineapple that affects the taste of breast milk.

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      • September 21, 2012 at 7:54 pm
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        Besides using the core fore sex can you eat it, if so how would you fix it

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    • November 15, 2016 at 10:51 pm
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      Hi. My wife she cut the pineapple green & not ripe, can this cause stomach ache? My son drank the pineapple with other fruits she mixed, after that he started having stomch ache, do you know if that will cause stomach ache?
      Thanks

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      • November 20, 2016 at 7:39 pm
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        In a word, YES!

        There are some fruits that you can eat when they are unripe without any problems at all, but pineapple is not one of them. Unripe pineapples are toxic to humans and can cause stomach pain, vomiting and diarrhoea.

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  • September 21, 2012 at 1:10 pm
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    Some people don’t like fish?

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  • November 13, 2012 at 11:10 pm
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    im eating them noww((:

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  • November 15, 2012 at 8:56 am
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    i hate pineapple

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  • November 19, 2012 at 5:40 am
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    Will pineapple juice have the same effect on number 1?

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    • June 3, 2014 at 11:46 am
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      Ew, you look like you taste like butt.

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  • January 20, 2013 at 8:20 pm
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    If any of you is getting bored go to Google and search “gay3ty” and enjoy. πŸ™‚

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  • January 31, 2013 at 6:42 pm
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    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!

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    • April 11, 2014 at 11:48 pm
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      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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  • April 10, 2013 at 5:53 am
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    I just ate an unripe pineapple….

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  • May 7, 2013 at 3:16 am
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    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?

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  • May 18, 2013 at 7:00 am
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    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.

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    • May 20, 2013 at 8:28 am
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      Bought semi ripe at store two days ago, sweet smelling and ready to eat now. Cutting tomorrow.

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    • March 15, 2014 at 4:32 am
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      You are correct! It will not ripen any further after it’s been picked.

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      • March 17, 2014 at 11:37 am
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        I’m not sure you are right, it seems to work for me… someone explain / clarify?

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  • May 20, 2013 at 8:25 am
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    Makes pee smell weird though.

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  • July 30, 2013 at 2:11 pm
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    My tongue is bleeding from just eating pineapple!!

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    • July 31, 2013 at 11:08 am
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      Umm… how much did you eat??
      That is surely not a normal reaction to pineapple – seek medical attention?

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      • August 31, 2015 at 9:05 am
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        I’m Ron burgundy?

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    • October 10, 2013 at 9:58 am
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      That’s extreme, but it does make my lips hurt sometimes!

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  • October 25, 2013 at 4:42 pm
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    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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    • October 26, 2013 at 8:35 am
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      In the context of this conversation “loving” the core of the pineapple sounds so wrong!

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    • July 8, 2016 at 2:45 am
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      that’s pretty neat, and ur real wise. pineapple’s really a health food, too. Ur packing in a few vitamins and nutrition. That’s great , keep it up, Ashley.

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  • October 29, 2013 at 7:12 pm
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    I love my pineapples!!!

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  • May 20, 2014 at 1:25 am
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    Thanks! This helped me for my report!

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  • July 22, 2014 at 2:43 pm
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    Will pineapple if left out for a long while,will it smell like urine?

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    • July 30, 2014 at 1:59 pm
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      It depends on how your urine smells I guess, why would you want to recreate it anyway?

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  • August 12, 2014 at 1:36 am
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    My aunties friend died from eating too much pineapple. Pineapples have acids and can make your stomach weak if you eat too much. My auntie’s friend stomach was already weak and was crazing for some pineapples. When he ate those pineapples the next day he died.

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  • January 6, 2015 at 9:38 am
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    Pineapple is dangerous, my aunt died because of pineapple , she had weak stomach and one day she ate pineapple and died next day…. however she was hit by car and shoot in a had , but I am sure she died cuz of this vicious fruit

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  • January 19, 2015 at 10:05 pm
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    5. ” but if they are left to their own devices they can reach up to 9kg (20lbs).”
    The World’s Largest Pineapple is only 8.28kg or 18.25 lbs.

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    • January 20, 2015 at 12:37 pm
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      How right you are Maggie, I don’t know where we got our misinformation from, but we are updating the article with a correction.
      8.28kg is a biiiiiig pineapple!

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  • February 27, 2015 at 2:32 am
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    i love pineapple:) πŸ™‚

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  • September 1, 2015 at 6:34 pm
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    Prehaps you ate too much pineapples. Your tounge starts puckering once you eat too much pineapple. DonΒ΄t worry though. Your tounge will stop hurting for a while. πŸ˜›

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  • February 12, 2016 at 6:48 pm
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    Each plant may only produce one pineapple, but they also produce an aftercrop called a ratoon crop

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  • February 12, 2016 at 6:53 pm
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    also the reason you pucker is coz bromelain is eating your meaty flesh up

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  • April 15, 2016 at 8:14 pm
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    I didnt really need to know the first one.. it was weird i guess and to be honest

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  • May 16, 2016 at 4:57 pm
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    omg Caribbean gold pineapple is the BBBBBBEEEEEEEESSSSSSSTTTTTT

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  • May 18, 2016 at 1:32 pm
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    Fair warning: don’t make refrigerator oatmeal with fresh pineapple. WTF man. It turns the whole thing bitter like the taste you get if you accidentally bite into medicine. I had some this morning, feeling pretty sick.

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    • May 18, 2016 at 11:44 pm
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      Hey Kelsie

      Did you use dairy milk – I think that the pineapple reacts with it if you did, I had the same thing when I tried to make a pineapple milkshake.

      You can make refrigerator oatmeal with fresh pineapple if you use coconut milk though, that works really well!

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  • May 23, 2016 at 5:20 am
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    Anyone take the pineapple sex test at the end?

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  • May 31, 2016 at 9:15 pm
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    I found these facts really interesting apart from the last one which just was not needed in life ?

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  • July 6, 2016 at 7:07 pm
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    How much pineapple is too much? Can we eat one peeled pineapple blended in a multi fruit smoothie every day, what about every other day? What is the limit in your opinion?

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  • July 8, 2016 at 2:40 am
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    u guys are ugly. and so is ur life. i almost puked reading about the poop lickin. eek

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  • September 7, 2016 at 2:16 am
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    I am doing a science fair project and i learned a lot of stuff that people have said.for intanse pinnapples have a acid in them that makes your stomack weak.my question is why are thet called pinn,apples?i mean pinns come from pinn trees and are prickly,and apples are round and smooth?

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  • September 7, 2016 at 5:47 pm
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    It’s really a great and useful piece of info. I am glad that you
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  • September 7, 2016 at 6:15 pm
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    hi its me again! are pineapples bad for dogs?if so why do all my friends feed their dogs pinnapples

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    • September 8, 2016 at 8:55 am
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      Hi Arianna,

      Pineapple isn’t bad for dogs in small amounts at all, but there can be a problem if they eat a lot of it because the high level of sugars in the pineapple can cause an upset stomach, gas and diarrhoea.

      Eating a lot of any sugary fruit can also make them a bit hyperactive (like a small child eating a lot of sweets).

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