Pineapple in Cambodia
Pineapple is growing abudantly in all over country of Cambodia. In Khmer we call pineapple as ‘Mnors’. The famous one is Honey pineapple ‘Mnors teuk khmom’, in which there are two various kinds.
Honey pineapple growing in Steung Treng province is a kind of pineapple bearing bigger fruits, large stripes and more flesh with a strong and sweet taste. This kind of species is from Laos and it has been giving good harvest when growing in red soil of Steung Treng province, each fruit can be weight up to 8kg.
For honey pineapple growing in Battambang province, the fruits are small, but with sweet flavor as honey. Mostly pineapple farms are family size, the total of pineapple cultivated area is about 150 hectares in Battambang. The fruits are selling out to Siem Reap, Pursat, Battambang, Kampong Cham, Kampong Chhang, and Phnom Penh.
In other provinces such as Kampong Cham, Sihavnouk Ville, Kampot also growing honey pineapple.
Pineapple is a kind of fruit growing on the grown, the plant is only 50-60cm high from the grown. The leaves are long, spiny tooth margin and sharp pointed at the end. The flowers are white at the bottom and purple at the top, growing from a single core at the center of the plant. Each flower become a spiny part which we call them eyes, so a fruit is the combination of many flowers from a single core. One tree has only one big fruit. The pineapple need 14 months from the day of cultivated to harvest. The plant likes red soil or the soil nearby foot of mountain is most suitable.
As many other fruits and vegetables, pineapple is very popular for Cambodian. It’s perhaps every where in the country, you would find pineapple sellers easily. On the streets in Phnom Penh, at the bus stops, and even at every tourist sites in Siem Reap, Sihanouk Ville beach, etc. If people have a trip back from Siem Reap or Sihanouk Ville, or Battambang, they like to have honey pineapple as gift for people at home, friends, and colleges. On the way from Siem Reap back to Phnom Penh, the bus would stop two times, once at Kampong Thom provincial for lunch, and one more time for toilet at Skun, Cherng Prey, Kampong Cham. Here you would find many kinds of fruits and Khmer snack, including honey pineapple. You can buy as much as you like from here. The ready-cut pineapple is fresh and very delicious, it would help you feel better from the car sick, or wake you up from sleepy feeling.
Pineapple is eaten raw as fruit, refreshing juice, make cake and become vegetables for various delicious Khmer foods. Pineapple is a kind of vegetables for Samlor Machu Trokurn (water convovulos sour soup). Moreover, stir fry pineapple and onion with beef, squid, chicken meat, or fork are delicious family dishes for dinner. Braised fork or fish with pineapple is also among the popular food which Cambodian house wife like to cook. The sour taste of pineapple is not only giving a yummy taste, but it made the fork become soft and well absorbed with seasoning. Pineapple is also a main ingredient of a Khmer special dish called Samlor Khtis, it’s a kind of soup cooked from fork, coconut milk, and pineapple.
Some Health Benefits of Pineapple
Pineapple is rich in Vitamin C and contain bromelian, an important enzyme that helps reduce swelling, treating sore throat, gout, arthritis and acute sinusitis. Eating pineapple between meals enable proper digestion, if pineapple is eaten in the meal with other foods, it helps other foods to digest faster. Beside these, eating pineapple helps preventing high blood pressure, scurvy, eliminating free radicals, relieving constipation, assisting urinary disorders.