Scientific name Ananas comosus
Family name Bromeliads
Shona Chinanazi, Chihenge
The pineapple is a tropical plant with an edible composite of many flowers whose individual fruitlets fuse together around a central core. It is the most economically important member of the Bromeliaceae family, from which one of its most important health-promoting compounds, the enzyme bromelain, was named.
Pineapples have a wide cylindrical shape, a scaly green, brown or yellow skin and a regal crown of spiny, blue-green leaves and fibrous yellow flesh. The area closer to the base of the fruit has more sugar content and therefore a sweeter taste and more tender texture. Pineapples may be cultivated from a crown cutting of the fruit, possibly flowering in 20–24 months and fruiting in the following six months. Pineapple grows best under uniformly warm temperatures year-round.
Pine apples may be eaten raw, juiced, cooked, and preserved. Juice extraction leaves wastes such as peel and stem of the plant, which can be used for the extraction of the enzyme bromelain-has a number of uses. Powdered bromelain is used for tenderizing meat, as well as treating inflammation, swelling, indigestion and even excessive blood clotting, as well as interfering with the growth of tumor cells.
The iQFarmer Pine Apple Manual will introduce you to the profitable pine apple farming business, covering:
- Varieties and Types
- Land Preparation and planting
- Production Management: weed control, fertilisation, irrigation
- Disease and Pest Control
- Physiological Disorders
- Harvesting and Handling
- Value Addition
- Climate-Smart Agricultural Practices (CSAP)
- Pine Apple Economics and Entrepreneurship
You will also find a program on pine apple production which we hope will help you to select the most cost-effective solutions and profitable combinations in setting up a profitable agricultural enterprise.
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