Eat it green !

Eat it green !

Did you know that a pineapple is naturally green?
We are well accustomed to eat a delicious yellow pineapple. But what we really need to know is that by nature the pineapple is green and that this beautiful yellow color is due only to a colorant: the ethephon. It is a synthetic ethylene perfectly licensed in Europe to accelerate the growth and coloring of many fruits and vegetables. It is frequently used to uniformly color in yellow or orange-yellow tropical fruits. For pineapples, it is the least dangerous since it remains on the surface of the thick skin of this fruit. We should be aware that the use of an excessive amount of this colorant can be carcinogenic or corrosive to the mucous membranes.

For example, last year Benin exceeded the authorized residue limit in 2015-2016. That’s why the European health authorities blocked and destroyed a whole lot of Beninese pineapples. To improve the image of their pineapple, Beninese authorities banned exports of artificially colored pineapple to ethephon. However, it will be necessary to accustom the European consumers to the green pineapples.. We hope that the other pineapple exporters ban the use of colorants to eat good pineapples safely.

Safely you have to eat and safely you have to wear!