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How to grow your own PINEAPPLE plant & make a virgin Pina Colada recipe

Pineapples are so festive. They are flamboyant, spiky and just fabulously out there. Like, look at me. Here I am. Spiky and fabulous! When I buy fruit for the home, pineapples are first on my list. They smell beautiful and look so happy. Instead of buying flowers, I buy pineapples. They seem to serve the same purpose in their beauty. So I was thinking, why not go one step further and grow your own pineapple plant? It makes a lovely indoor plant and even though it might take over 2 years before it will bear any fruit. I think it is well worth it.

Pineapples are seriously healthy for you too. It has an enzyme called bromelain, which helps break down protein strains. Scroll down to see the list of health benefits of pineapples.

When life gives you Pineapples you make Pina Colada!

What to make with your beautiful pineapples? Below you will find an easy two ingredient recipe to make virgin Pina Colada. Decorated with maraschino cherries of course.

Zero Waste Friendly

Instead of the waste of the tops be thrown out as junk. Why not grow new plants from the food scraps? Makes perfect zero waste sense.

1. Health Benefits of Pineapples:

  • Bone strength (Due to high levels of manganese)
  • Eye health (Vitamin C and antioxidants)
  • Immune system support
  • Digestion (Fiber and bromelain)
  • Anti-Inflammatory benefits
  • Blood clot reduction (Bromelain)
  • Common cold and sinus inflammation (Vitamin C and bromelain)

2. How to Grow your own Pineapple plant:

Pineapple

Pineapple

Step 1:

Grab yourself a pineapple, or two.

Pineapple top

Pineapple top

Step 2:

Twist off the pineapple top by turning in circular motion.

Remove some of the leaves at the base of the pineapple top, so that it doesnโ€™t rot. You can thin it out quite a bit here.

Pineapple top in water

Pineapple top in water

Step 3:

Place the pineapple top in a glass of water.

Place it in a sunny, happy spot.

Pineapple roots

Pineapple roots

Step 4:

Wait for the pineapple top to form roots. This could take a few weeks.

Pineapple plant

Pineapple plant

Step 5:

Plant your pineapple top in a breathable terra-cotta pot. Add some river stones to the bottom of the pot to make sure it drains well. The soil should be more sandy and should drain easily. Similar soil you would buy for cactus plants. Water regularly.

There you have it! Your very own pineapple plant!

Pics: Pinterest

3. Virgin Pina Colada Recipe

AuthorGypsyCategory, , , , DifficultyBeginner

Pineapples has such a festive look about them. They are super healthy for you as they contain a wonderful digestive enzyme called bromelain. It breaks down protein strains. This easy two ingredient virgin Pina Colada recipe is a winner!

pina colada pineapple
Yields1 Serving
Prep Time10 mins
 1 Pineapple
 ½ Cup coconut cream
Optional
 3 Maraschino cherries (for decoration)
1

Cut off the top of the pineapple. Scoop out the pineapple flesh from the skin. Keep the skin.

2

Add the pineapple chunks to a blender.

3

Add the coconut cream to the blender as well and blend until smooth and creamy.

4

Poor the Pina Colada back into the pineapple skin and serve with a paper straw and some maraschino cherries. Enjoy!

Ingredients

 1 Pineapple
 ½ Cup coconut cream
Optional
 3 Maraschino cherries (for decoration)

Directions

1

Cut off the top of the pineapple. Scoop out the pineapple flesh from the skin. Keep the skin.

2

Add the pineapple chunks to a blender.

3

Add the coconut cream to the blender as well and blend until smooth and creamy.

4

Poor the Pina Colada back into the pineapple skin and serve with a paper straw and some maraschino cherries. Enjoy!

2 Ingredient Virgin Pina Colada

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15 Comments

  • Reply
    Michelle C
    September 21, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    I have never been a pineapple eater, but I live in a house with a bunch of pineapple-holics! This is such a cute (and easy) idea… thanks for sharing!

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      Gypsy
      September 21, 2017 at 3:13 pm

      Thanks Michelle. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Bets
    September 21, 2017 at 1:33 pm

    Sjoe thanks I will try and plant my own – very interesting

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      Gypsy
      September 21, 2017 at 2:14 pm

      Awesome! Thanks mom. ๐Ÿ˜€

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    ciara
    September 21, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    Wow, this is so clever, I love the idea. Im off to buy a pineapple now! Cheers

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      Gypsy
      September 21, 2017 at 2:14 pm

      Aaaaw. Love it! Yaaaay. More pineapples.

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    Maggie
    September 21, 2017 at 1:53 pm

    What!!! I didn’t know I could grow my own pineapple!!! I’m definitely doing this!

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      Gypsy
      September 21, 2017 at 2:14 pm

      Hahahaha Maggie! ๐Ÿ˜€ This is great. The world will be filled with pineapples now.

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    Antonia
    September 21, 2017 at 2:05 pm

    I love this recipe! Plus, I tried to grow a pineapple once but just put it in dirt! So glad I know how to do it now! Great post! ๐Ÿ’›

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    Nisha
    September 21, 2017 at 2:18 pm

    Wow that’s wonderful!

    • Reply
      Gypsy
      September 21, 2017 at 2:56 pm

      Thans Nisha. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Tracy
    September 21, 2017 at 8:19 pm

    Hi , I really enjoyed this post, learning how to make a plant out of a pineapple top. Normally mine go in the bin, but not now.

  • Reply
    Arlene
    September 23, 2017 at 1:27 am

    I’m so excited to try this!! I love the fact that its in a real pineapple and listing the pineapple health benefits automatically makes this a healthy drink for all times.

  • Reply
    Maria
    September 24, 2017 at 6:20 am

    Wow you are a genius! Makes me want to go and grow my own pineapples asap – they’ve always been one of my favourite fruits, and homegrown things always taste better. Plus, I’m loving that recipe! Thanks so much for sharing xox

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    Bradley Bearfoot
    October 4, 2017 at 3:05 pm

    I’ve eaten many pineapples in my day… I ‘ve never considered doing this. I am absolutely horrible at keeping plants alive, but this doesn’t seem too complicated! Definitely going to give it a whirl.

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