Pineapple juice contains an enzyme, bromelin, which aids in the digestion of the albuminoids. The raw expressed juice is said to be very beneficial in cases of sore throat, tonsilitis or diphtheria.


Boil two tablespoonfuls of sugar and a half pint of water together for two minutes. Take from the fire, and when cool add one ripe pineapple, grated, and stand aside for two or three hours. Strain through two thicknesses of cheesecloth, wringing the pineapple fibre dry. Put it in a jar, and keep in a cold place.

This may be sipped slowly; or put four tablespoonfuls in a tumbler, and fill the tumbler with plain or carbonated water.

Raw pineapple should not be served with starchy foods alone. It is truly an accompaniment to foods rich in protein.

Pineapple Cider

Grate one pineapple, put it into a pitcher with two quarts of cold water, cover the top with a piece of cheesecloth and stand it aside in a rather warm place for two or three days; stir it down during the last day. Strain through two thicknesses of cheesecloth, bottle, cork, and wire down the corks; put the bottles on their sides in the refrigerator for twenty-four hours, and it is ready for use.

Pineapple Shrub

Grate one large ripe pineapple, put it into an ordinary two-quart fruit jar, add one cupful of sugar, and fill the jar with cold water; shake and stir thoroughly until the sugar is dissolved. Put the top on the jar loosely and stand it in a warm place (about 8o° Fahr.) for three days until the shrub begins to ferment. As soon as fermentation is quite pronounced, stand it in the ice and it is ready for use.

This may be served, a teaspoonful or a tablespoonful at a time, to persons who have sore throat, or to tuberculosis patients, or may be given in a tumbler with cracked ice and carbonated water; or, if admissible, two tablespoonfuls may be mixed with two tablespoonfuls of rum in a tumbler, and the tumbler filled with carbonated water.

Grated Pineapple

This is used frequently in cases of tonsilitis and sore throat; it is also good for children with whooping cough.

Pare the pineapple, remove the eyes, grate quickly, saving all the juice, strain and stand it aside or put it in a glass jar on the ice, to use as wanted, a teaspoonful at a time. It is much better if used without sugar.