Abacaxi (Ananas comosus) Ananás, is a monocot in the family Bromeliaceae, subfamily Bromelioideae. The Abacaxi belongs to the species Ananas comosus, which includes many fruit varieties. The term Abacaxi is highly likely comes from the Tupi ibacati, ‘stench and stink of fruit’, ‘smelly fruit’. The fruit, when ripe, the flavor is very acidic and often sweet. In cooking can be used as a powerful meat tenderizer. Usually we use the fruit pulp, but its core and the shells may be boil for production of juices.