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Boiled Pineapple Skins: A Healing & Medicinal Drink

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Don't throw away your scraps! Boiled Pineapple skins make for a soothing, delicious, and healing drink!

Boiled Pineapple Skins: A Healing & Medicinal Drink

I’m a big believer in using up the whole food. There’s always something you can do with food rather than throwing it away. And that’s just what I did with my pineapple skins!

I cut up a pineapple to make a delicious fruit salad and saw all of the skin sitting there, and I thought, “I can’t just throw this away.” So, I added the pineapple skins to some water, along with a few other delicious ingredients, to make a soothing and healing pineapple drink.

Wasting is highly discouraged in Islam and something we, as Muslims, should be very aware of.

Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu alayhi wa salam) said,

“If a morsel falls from the hand of anyone of you, let him wipe off whatever dirt that is on it and eat it.” [Sunan Ibn Majah]

It’s so important that we take care for our food and use up what we can. No food should go in the trash until we’ve used it up in one way or another. Utilizing our food is how we show respect and gratitude for the blessing of food that Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) has given us.

I’ve decided to start a series called “no food left behind” where I will be sharing recipes and tips on how to use up food, or parts of food, that one might otherwise consider useless.

This recipe for Boiled Pineapple Skins is the first post in the series, and I hope you love and benefit from it.

So let’s talk about pineapple water!

Health Benefits of Pineapple Water

Pineapple and pineapple-infused water have so many amazing medicinal properties, some of which include:

  • It has anti-inflammatory effects thanks to bromelain, an enzyme that helps modulate the body’s inflammatory response
  • Reduces swelling, bruising, and recovery time after injury or surgery
  • It can help to manage chronic arthritic pain just as effectively as pharmaceutical drugs
  • It boosts digestion
  • Contains thiamine, a vitamin that aids in weight loss by increasing energy and helping your body break down carbohydrates
  • It supports fight intestinal health
  • It protects against constipation and hemorrhoids.
  • Iodine in pineapple helps to regulate thyroid function
  • Due to its high potassium content pineapple water helps to balance electrolytes 
  • Contains loads of gut-healthy fibers which help to absorb toxic waste

How to Make Healing Pineapple Water

Making your own pineapple water is super easy. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Wash the pineapple thoroughly and peel it.
  2. Set the flesh aside and add the skins to a saucepan along with about 1 liter of water.
  3. Bring to a boil, then lower heat and let simmer for 15-20 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and let cool for about 5 minutes or so.
  5. You can serve immediately as a hot soothing drink, or refrigerate it for a cold, refreshing and hydrating drink.

This is a very basic recipe for pineapple water.

Here are some optional add-ins to boost nutritional benefit and taste:
  • Green tea (I added four tablespoons of loose-leaf green tea)
  • Ginger (1-2 teaspoons of fresh or ground should do the trick)
  • Honey or stevia (1-2 tablespoons)

Don't throw away your scrapes! Boiled Pineapple Skins make for a soothing, delicious, and healing drink!

DIY Pineapple Water

This delicious drink is great to have on hand as it has so many healing and medicinal properties. Next time you cut up some pineapple be sure to save those skins and boil up your own refreshing and soothing drink!

Have you ever tried homemade pineapple water before? How did you make it? Share below!

Chelsea Lynn

Chelsea is the founder of Wellness Muslimah. She is a Blogger, Freelance Writer and Nutritionist specializing in Healthy Eating for Weight Loss. She is passionate about healthy, natural living and Islamic Medicine. She wishes to inspire other women to live more natural, healthy and mindful lives for the sake of Allah.


  • Aicha
    April 24, 2017 at 3:44 pm

    Wow this looks yummy I’ll be book marking this recipe for later use thanks for sharing

  • Aisha
    April 24, 2017 at 6:19 pm

    This really sounds delicious. Will try it out next time we bring a whole pineapple from the grocer.

  • Farah Abdullah
    April 25, 2017 at 3:10 am

    One of the least favourite fruits in my list — probably because of the bad experience I had as a kid, where I ate too much and my tongue and lips felt painful and itchy. Turns out, pineapple also digests flesh as you eat them. I just learned from here the benefits, but I always cringe whenever I think of having to eat pineapples again.

  • Asbah
    April 25, 2017 at 11:02 am

    I am not much fan of raw pineapple. I prefer tin anyday (i know i know how unhealthy 😉 but well you see i like that more)
    But after reading your post i am thinking to grab one next time i saw it.

    My toddlers had been dropping food and i was unsure of how to respond to it. Wether use the food or discard it – i didnt knw of that hadith you mention jazakillah for helping me guide about it!

    And i love green tea! So i hope i am going to like it 🙂

  • Lubna
    April 25, 2017 at 5:39 pm

    Never knew pineapple skin carries so many nutrients….thank you for sharing….would definitely try this…

  • Fozia S
    April 25, 2017 at 5:43 pm

    Oh wow! Would never have thought to use the skin like that. I do love pineapple. Will have to try this

  • Aaisha
    April 26, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    Nice! We make this here when making hibiscus drink..just add the pineapple peels as well as hibiscus flowers in the boiling water as well as herbs you like..we typically use cloves and ginger..strain, add sweetener and flavour. Chill and serve!

  • Tamanna
    April 26, 2017 at 3:42 pm

    wow subhanallah. What an amazing series to begin and inspire others to start too. I never ever thought that Pineapple skin can be boiled and used for consumption. Always knew that it had germs/pesticides etc. I gueas buying the organic ones are best for this type of of drink?

  • Aisha
    April 27, 2017 at 7:09 am

    Nice! I usually make a drink with my pineapple skin boiled with some dry hibiscus leaves. Its called ‘zobo’ in Nigeria. It is great for blood pressure.

  • Fatima
    April 27, 2017 at 6:03 pm

    Oh I wasn’t aware that they’re also consumed as a healing or a medicinal drink. I love pineapples, and prefer eating them in desserts.

  • Iman
    April 28, 2017 at 6:49 am

    This is so clever Chelsea! Did it taste bitter at all? I’m looking forward to the rest of this series!

  • Yousra Naeem
    May 1, 2017 at 11:55 am

    I don’t know why but I don’t like pineapple.
    You are so right that we should not waste food & Mashaa Allah this is a great recipe 💕
    This surely is a beneficial drink❤
    Thank you for sharing it!

  • Amina Jamal
    December 25, 2017 at 2:36 am

    Ma Shaa ALLAH so true about not wasting We all love Pineapple especially with a little bit of Cayenne Pepper sprinkled on it
    you can also make a footscrub with the skin and also a vinegar too
    Alhamdulillah for google I found many recipes online an I too am originally from S Africa and now for past 40yrs in Canada
    May ALLAH SWT put Barakah in our time and may ALLAH SWT grant success in all endeavours
    In our home when the grandkids come on weekends there are all kinds of fruit cut up by my husband, for them ,I was told that the skin of Pomegranate is also good boiled and strained and the water used as a rinse to prevent falling hair .may ALLAH SWT grant shifa to all

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