American colonists looked on pineapples as a luxurious treat because of their rarity and cost.
The word “pineapple” was first used in 1398 in reference to a pine cone. It is derived from the Spanish word “pina” which means pine cone. This was changed nearly 300 years later with the word “pine cone” being introduced so pineapple could be used exclusively for the fruit. You might also recognise the Spanish word “pina” from the name of the famous pineapple drink the pina colada.
Pineapples are international symbols of welcome and are a symbolic way of saying “you are perfect” when presented to someone.Gate posts and door frames often have pineapples to signal a welcome.
Pineapples were such a status symbol in 18th century England that you could rent one for the evening to take to a party.
Pineapple has proteins that degrade meat.So if you put a piece of pineapple somewhere in your mouth it will start eating you.
To make your pineapple softer and juicier, keep it at room temperature for one or two days before cutting.
Pineapple takes almost three years to reach maturation.
The top of a pineapple, after cleaning and drying, can be planted in soil and a new plant will grow.
Pineapple plants have beautiful flowers.
The pineapple plant’s flowers – which can vary from lavender to bright red – produce berries that actually coalesce together around the fruit’s core. So the pineapple fruit itself is actually a bunch of “fruitlets” fused together.
Fresh pineapples contain 50 calories per 100 grams, which amounts to only 83 calories per cup (165 grams).