This five-ingredient orange pineapple juice recipe is a minimalist formula for creating a refreshing juice at home. The drink’s digestion-aiding properties can also help to improve your diet and health.
Read on to learn about pineapple and orange fruits, how this juice can benefit you, and how to prepare it.
Is Pineapple a Fruit?
Two things are clear about fruits: they are a fleshy substance, and they contain seeds. So, why do we define the pineapple as a fruit if it doesn’t have seeds?
A closer look at the scientific or botanical definition tells us that the fleshy part— which determines a fruit— develops from a flowering plant.
The spiky foliage at the top of a pineapple is its crown (flower) and can be planted to produce fruit. The resulting pineapple is not a single fruit, but a collection of fruits (roughly 200!) emerging from the flower.
Thus, the pineapple fits the description of a fruit. That and its sweet taste that goes well with other high-fructose produce make it a fruit in both culinary and botanical terms.
Do Pineapple and Orange Go Together?
Yes. Pineapples and oranges are two high-fructose fruits that can combine to form a flavorful dish with sweet notes.
Extracting their juices will produce a sweet, refreshing beverage. But it’s the citrus and tropical contrast that makes them an excellent pair.
Adding pineapple juice to orange juice enhances the sweet citrus notes to create a pleasant beverage rich in fruity aromas.
But pineapple is not the only fruit that pairs well with orange juice. We experimented with more exotic produce and achieved a perfect orange pomegranate juice that’s refreshingly delicious.
As a bonus, orange juice drinks provide nutrients to give you health benefits, some of which we explain below.
Benefits of Orange Pineapple Juice
The two main components that offer benefits in this drink are pineapple and orange juices. Individually, they provide immune-boosting nutrition and maintain their qualities when combined.
1. For Hyperuricemia
Hyperuricemia is a condition that signifies increased uric acid levels in the blood. It results from factors such as insulin resistance, obesity, and excessive alcohol intake.
Despite its sugar content, orange juice may help to lower uric acid levels to manage hyperuricemia. This is contrary to the belief that natural fruit juices raise uric acid levels and increase the risk of gout.
2. For Digestion
Pineapple juice holds plenty of nutritional value too. It contains vitamins C and B6, as well as manganese.
Its most beneficial feature, however, might be its bromelain enzyme. This has been shown to aid digestion by improving intestinal disorders in people with an undersupply of digestive enzymes.
Please note that drinking pineapple juice alone will not cure digestive issues. But you can try pairing it with a fiber-rich meal to make it more effective.
3. What Is the Best Time to Drink?
You can enjoy orange pineapple juice at any time of day. But having it with a meal is especially beneficial since it aids in digestion.
The only precaution is to avoid having too much in a bid to combat hunger. That’s because orange juice mainly consists of sugars that can work up your appetite instead of suppressing it.
Types of Oranges for This Juice
There are several types of oranges, but the two popular ones are blood and navel oranges.
1. Blood Orange
The blood orange gets its name from its crimson red flesh. But what sets it apart is the polyphenols that lend its color, which are not present in other citrus fruits.
These polyphenols shift their taste to an orange-raspberry flavor and grant them antioxidant benefits. It makes them great for juicing when you’re looking to create a distinct and unique orange pineapple juice flavor.
2. Navel Orange
Strangely enough, the navel orange got its name from the human belly button. Its blossom end resembles a navel and results from an undeveloped second orange growing inside the first.
Navel oranges are popular for their seedless property that makes them excellent for juicing. You won’t have to spend time deseeding them.
Plus, navel oranges are naturally sweet, juicy, and delicious, making them perfect in this recipe.
Our orange pineapple drink can last for 48 hours in the refrigerator. Its shelf life is shorter compared to store-bought juices because it doesn’t have any preservatives.
So, the best way to preserve it is to use an air-tight container like a mason jar or Ziploc bag. These will minimize the decrease in nutrient content and conserve the freshness of this drink without extra additives.
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Lizzie Streit is a Minneapolis-based dietitian and founder of It’s a Veg World After All. She completed her MS in Human Nutrition from Drexel University, and is an expert in culinary nutrition, recipe development, and nutrition communications. Lizzie’s philosophy is centered around making nutrition recommendations, and especially the advice to eat more vegetables, approachable and realistic. She is excited to be working with the team at Healthy Recipes 101 to ensure that their recipes are both nutritious and delicious.
Okay, I’m lazy when it comes to juicing but this was pretty easy. Glad it’s not too sweat either!