Homemade pineapple is a great idea as you have more control over what goes into it such as use honey instead of sugar to sweeten it or take out sweetener completely. A pineapple is a good source of vitamin C, manganese, copper, fiber and vitamins B-1, B-6 and bromelain. Although bromelain is tolerable by the body when it is consumed in small doses, it is what causes itchiness around the mouth if you have ever eaten the outer peelings of a pineapple before.
Even after cooking this pineapple juice recipe, you can still tell by the taste alone that you haven’t lost all its properties through cooking it. This recipe is adapted from my grandmother’s herbal concoction she makes for treating malaria which she always has on brew in a clay pot sitting in her kitchen at any given time.Even though Her version has other additions that make it medicinal, I like to make this version for drinking by the family.
In her original recipe she would also add fresh neem leaves and parrings from the bark to the pot. I know that you will likely not have a tree in your local allotment so my suggestion will be to replace the neem with a spice such as cardamon, fennel, ginger or cinnamon.
The addition of neem leaves gives the juice a bitter taste but if you really want to attempt a more likely recipe like the original you can buy dried neem powder from a health food shop. Neem has healing properties and it is an antiflammatory as well as antioxidant although it is also used in some cultures for aborting pregnancies.
The strength of the homemade pineapple juice is the bromelain from the pineapple which is also a source of anti-inflammation for arthritis and other joint aches.
This recipe is adapted to make it something that can be enjoyed by all the family. You may add honey or sugar to sweeten it for little people. Otherwise you can take it out completely but remember that without sugar or honey your juice will not be self preserving for very long especially if you live in a hot climate.
- a whole pineapple
- 1000g water (weighed or 1 ltr cup)
- 50g ginger
- 1 lime
- [b][u]optional ingredients[/u][/b]
- 50g honey
- 20g aloe vera powder (or)
- 10g cardammon (or)
- 20g neem leaf powder (or)
- 2 whole fennel chopped
- wash the whole pineapple very well
- peel the outer skins and cut the core of the pineapple into thin cubes
- boil water in a kettle until is hot
- measure the quantity required into your sauce pan and leave it on mild fire
- add your pineapple peelings and core slices to the water
- allow it to cook for 15 minutes and then turn the heat off
- to give your pineapple juice the herbal kick, you can now add your choice of the options
- make sure they are either powdered or chopped finely
- allow it to cool before serving