No one likes waste, and if you find yourself often wasting pineapple peel, you may find yourself searching for something to use it for.
These are health-packed peels, and you should always take full advantage of them, there are plenty of planet-friendly reasons that you should consider keeping and later reusing these peels.
Let’s take a look into if you can eat pineapple skin and what you can do with it.
Can You Eat Pineapple Skin?
Pineapple peels have a lot of health benefits, and in actual fact, pineapple peels have a great deal more health benefits than fruit does itself. The peel of pineapple has a lot of beneficial vitamins in it.
You cannot necessarily eat pineapple skin in the way you would eat the rest of a pineapple, but there are ways you can get inventive and eat it in other ways to really reap the benefits of this unique fruit.
What Part Of The Pineapple Can You Not Eat?
Theoretically, you can eat every part of a pineapple, it won’t kill you to do so. However, you should exercise caution in some regard.
If you eat fresh pineapple, then remember that it can be high in bromelain in the core and stem of the pineapple. Too much bromelain can lead to discomfort when eaten raw, however, this is not to say you cannot eat it, it is just not advised that you eat it in big amounts.
Is Pineapple Skin Good For Weight Loss?
While plenty of sources online will tell you that pineapple skin can be good for weight loss, there is no scientific evidence backing this up as of yet. You can still indulge in a cup of pineapple slices to lose weight.
However, it is unlikely that enjoying pineapple skin boiled up and turned into a drink is alone responsible for weight loss.
What To Do With Pineapple Skin?
Even though there is not a lot of evidence to state that pineapple skin can have awesome benefits, it is high in certain vitamins, so if you fancy trying out pineapple skin in your diet, we want to help.
It is better, after all, to make use of the skin rather than just throw it away.
So, here are some ideas on what you can do with pineapple skin, and how you can include it in your diet, so you are using more of the fruit every time.
Can You Boil Pineapple Skin?
You can boil pineapple skin. In fact, boiling pineapple skin is a way to make pineapple water or pineapple agua as it is more properly called. Boiling it is a good way to extract all the nutrients, and make it less of a tough and unpleasant nutrient source.
Try Pineapple ‘Agua’
The idea of pineapple water may sound so simple, but it is a super easy way to get those pineapple peel benefits. Place the skins into a medium saucepan, add 2-3 sticks of cinnamon, and let it simmer on low heat for around half an hour.
Then turn off the heat and let it steep for another half an hour before you strain the peels out of it.
You can serve this water cold or hot, or even sweetened. It makes for a great flavoring substitute that can work well in other areas of your kitchen.
Pineapple Peel Tea As A Healthy Ritual
Pineapple peel tea is awesome, and it offers a very unique and intimate way to be more mindful of ourselves, on the inside and on the outside. This idea is inspired by the works of Thich Nhat Hanh, who said:
“Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is on the axis of which the Earth revolves, the health benefits derived from following a tea ritual stretch past the cup”.
Stress and inflammation are the core of a majority of modern diseases (no surprise with the way in which the modern world works if you ask us), the ritual of brewing and drinking a cup of tea can be a good way to help us to slow down and appreciate the little things.
A study done, saw that participants who drank black tea 4 times per day for 6 days per week had lower cortisol levels than those who drank a placebo. Cortisol is a stress hormone.
If you add pineapple peel into your ritual, then you will be adding in extra anti-inflammatories to give your tea ritual even more of a de-stressing, and cortisol-killing boost!
Or, Try Pickling!
This might seem a little odd, and most people would not think of this when thinking of pineapple, however, if you have ever pickled fruits or vegetables before, then you will be well aware that there are so many benefits associated with pickling as a kind of food preparation.
Pickling is convenient and is also an eco-friendly way to make our food last longer and taste even better. However, for some, it is also a super creative outlet with so many iterations.
Pickling your pineapple skins at home can transform them from being a hard and kind of spiky earthy peel to a unique and flavorful treat.
Just remember that before you jump into pickling your pineapple skins, you always clean off the skins before you pickle them. It is also best to use organic pineapple if you are going to pickle them!
The more obvious option is to make an antioxidant-rich juice. When you want to make a drink healthy and tangy, pineapple peel can do the perfect job! If you made your pineapple agua, then your next juice can include this!
When you next make some juice, make up some pineapple water by boiling the pineapple sins and cooling them. Then make your juice as normal and add in the pineapple water. It will add something special and nutrient-heavy to your juice.
What We Think!
Pineapple peels often see the trash can before we can appreciate all their uses. We make a lot of pineapple smoothies, and we decided to put a stop to throwing away the pineapple peels. Pineapple peels can have so many benefits and if you are willing to put in a bit of extra hard work, they can spruce up all kinds of dishes.
Try making the pineapple agua first and watch your other recipes come to life!