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Take The Tingle Out Of Pineapple With A Salt Water Soak
Pineapples have an unmatched flavor and provide essential nutrients and vitamins. However, they also have an enzyme called bromelain that causes tingling or itching in the mouth.
Unless you are actively allergic to pineapple or bromelain, then the tingling or itchy sensation is not dangerous. It actually helps digestion by breaking down proteins.
Some people react more strongly than others, but the way to tame this enzyme before you eat it is by using salt. There are two methods you can use to make pineapple itch-free.
The first method is to cut up the pineapple and treat it directly with a salt scrub. Once the salt is rubbed into the pineapple, let it sit for a minute and two, then rinse.
The second method is to dunk the entire pineapple or slices in a saltwater solution made of 1 teaspoon kosher salt per cup of water. Let it sit for a couple of minutes and rinse.
If you still feel some tingle or itchiness, you can always grill or roast your pineapple. The process of cooking will further neutralize the bromelain enzyme.