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Bromelia pinguin


Bromelia pinguin fruit, known as piñuela

Bromelia pinguin (or penguin) is a species in the genus Bromelia. This species is native to Central America, Mexico, the West Indies and northern South America.<ref name=f>Template:Cite web</ref> It is also reportedly naturalized in Florida.<ref name=f/> It is very common in Jamaica, where it is planted as a fence around pasture lands, on account of its prickly leaves. The fruit, known as piñuela, is dug out, protective "hair" removed, peeled like a banana, and eaten. They are slightly tart with a crunch from the seeds. The plant can be stripped of its pulp, soaked in water, and beaten with a wooden mallet, and it yields a fiber whence thread is made. In countries like El Salvador, it is used to make gruel.<ref>Template:Cite web</ref><ref name=cne>Template:Cite Collier's</ref>



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