Pineapple beer is another African drink that is healthy and tastes delicious. Pineapple is a nutrient-packed member of the Bromeliad plant family.
This tropical fruit contains the antioxidant Vitamin C. It also contains bromelian. Bromelian is a mixture of enzymes that help to breakdown the amino acids in proteins. So,it’s also great for indigestion.
It's a good natural anti-inflammatory so it relieves arthritis. In addition, the juice is good for dissolving mucus. In fact, it used to be used in recovery from tuberculosis. Pineapple will even relieve a sore throat and bronchitis.
It is thought to speed up coagulation of the blood. This is good for your heart. But too much of it is probably not a good idea for people with hemophilia, or those with kidneys or liver disease.
I grew up on a farm in Salala, about 2 hours out of Monrovia, the capital of Liberia. We grew many kinds of fruits and vegetables to eat on our farm. We also supply the local supermarkets.
Pineapples were one of the fruits we grew. So I have been eating pineapple and drinking its juice for a long time.
Pineapple beer, like ginger beer, is more of an occasion African beverage. They are usually served at special gatherings like weddings and parties.
But I drink both pineapple beer and
all the time, for my health.
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Here’s what you’ll need:
3 large ripe pineapples (see tips below for how to choose a ripe pineapple)
2 1/2 C Sugar
2 tsp lime juice (1 to 2 limes)
Here’s what you do:
Wash the pineapples. Use a sharp knife and cutting board to remove the peeling. Cut into one-inch pieces.
Transfer to a deep pot. I use an 8 quart pot.
Use the knife to slice the pineapple off the core. Discard the core. Dice into one-inch pieces. Add to pot.
Add enough water to the pot to cover the pineapple. Bring to a boil on high and boil on medium-high until the pineapple and skin are soft and mushy.
Remove the pot from the stove. Cover the pot completely and allow the mixture to sit for 8 hours or overnight at room temperature.
Pour the mixture through a metal sifter to remove the larger pieces of pineapple peel. Use a cook spoon to press help force the liquid through the sifter.
Next, Use a clean cotton kitchen cloth to strain out the finer particles. You will have to use your hand to squeeze the pineapple beer out of the cloth.
To sweeten, first melt sugar over low heat. Add the melted sugar and mix well. I recommend adding a half cup of the melted sugar at a time, until it is sweetened to your taste. Cut and squeeze lime. Add to juice. Chill and enjoy. Store in the fridge.
Also try freezing some juice in an ice tray
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Make sure to buy the pineapple ripe. Pineapple is one of those fruits that does not ripen or sweeten if it is picked green.
I determine the ripeness of a fresh pineapple by the smell. You can’t always go by the color because color may vary. A ripe pineapple will have a fresh, tropical smell. If it smells unpleasant or has soft and dark spots, it is bad.
Store your pineapple at room temperature so that it keeps the sweet and tangy flavor.