Skip Nav
Stuffing Muffins Recipe
Recipes
An "Aww"-Worthy Thanksgiving Side
Sheet-Pan Fajitas Recipe
Original Recipes
20-Minute Sheet-Pan Fajitas Will Transform Your Weeknight Dinner Routine
Squash Casserole Recipe
Recipes
Make Southern Squash Casserole With a West Coast Twist
Recipes
Side or Main Dish? This Delicious Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese Will Impress
Oprah Winfrey
Yum! 20 Food Gifts From Oprah's Favorite Things You Can Buy on Amazon

Burning Question: Why Does Pineapple Irritate Your Mouth?

Recently I cut myself some fresh pineapple, then promptly proceeded to eat a lot of it before remembering that every time I eat a copious amount of pineapple, the roof of my mouth becomes itchy and sore. So why is this condition a common complaint among fresh pineapple aficionados?

Pineapples contain a plant protease enzyme called bromelain. Because it readily breaks down protein, bromelain is frequently used as a natural meat tenderizer. In addition, bromelain may also induce a prickly sensation in the mouth when consumed.

Although the enzyme is present in all parts of the pineapple plant, it's most concentrated in the stem, the hard piece in the middle of the fruit, which is much more fibrous and chewy but still edible. Many people believe that letting a pineapple sit overnight helps take away the irritation factor, but one surefire way to alleviate the burn is to cut out the core.

Image Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Anna Monette Roberts
From Our Partners
Cheap Backyard Makeover Ideas
Celebrity Street Style Summer 2018
Low-Carb Fruit
Sexy Rap Music Videos
Taylor Swift Sexy Shoes
Comfortable Flats 2018
Shoe Trends Fall 2018
Denim Trends Fall 2018
Sexy '90s Rap Music Videos
How to Cook Zucchini Noodles
Easy Way to Peel Potatoes
The Right Way to Cook Things
From Our Partners
Latest Recipes, Menus, Food & Wine
All the Latest From Ryan Reynolds