How about pineapples? Did you know that the pineapple was a plant? Did you know that Pineapple is used for many other things aside from using it for consumption. In the Philippines, pineapple leaves are used as the source of a textile fiber called piña. This fiber can used in a variety of ways such as a wall paper and a component of furnishings.
Traditional medicine and preliminary research
Both the root and fruit may be eaten or applied topically as an anti-inflammatory or as a proteolytic agent. In some practices, it may be used to induce abortion or menstruation or as an antihminthic agent.
Bromelain purified from pineapple stem or fresh juice, then provided in the diet over 6 months, decreased the severity of colonic inflammation in mice with experimental colitis
Pests and diseases
Pineapples are subject to a variety of diseases, the most serious of which is wilt disease vectored by mealybugs typically found on the surface of pineapples, but possibly in the closed blossom cups. Other diseases include pink disease, bacterial heart rot, anthracnose, fungal heart rot, root rot, black rot, butt rot, fruitlet core rot, and yellow spot virus. Pink disease is characterized by the fruit developing a brownish to black discoloration when heated during the canning process. The causal agents of pink disease are the bacteria Acetobacter aceti, Gluconobacter oxydans, and Pantoea citrea.
Some pests that commonly affect pineapple plants are scales, thrips, mites, mealybugs, ants, and symphylids. The pineapple is valued somewhere economically.