The flesh and juice of the Pineapple are used in cuisines around the world. Whole, cored slices with a cherry in the middle are a common garnish on hams in the West. Chunks of pineapple are used in desserts such as fruit salad as well as in some savoury dishes, including pizza toppings. Crushed Pineapple is used in yogurt, jam, sweets and ice cream. The juice of the pineapple is served as a beverage and is also as a main ingredient in such cocktails as the piña colada.
Pineapple is an excellent source of vitamin C.