Pineapples.....did you know?

Cheryl Pollard

Pineapple a tropical plant, Ananas comosus (scientific name) native to South America, having thirty or more long, spiked and pointed leaves surrounding a thick stem.

Expressing a sense of WELCOME and GOOD CHEER, the pineapple signifies hospitality. New England sea captains traditionally placed a pineapple outside their homes as a symbol of safe return. Home and hospitality warmly embrace friends. Genuine welcome makes lasting connections.

In 1946, when Christopher Columbus was returning from his second voyage to the America’s, he brought back a consignment of Pineapple. Little did he know that this golden gift, nestled among the tame parrots,tomatoes,tobacco,and pumpkins, would be the crowning glory of his cargo. The pineapple became a symbolic manifestation of the divine right of kings. Not only did it suit Royalist agendas to claim anything with a crown had been appointed by heaven, but the distance the pineapple had to travel to get to Europe meant few people had seen or tried one. 

The fiber within pineapple is used as a component for wallpaper.

The popular fictional children’s character, Spongebob Squarepants, lives in a pineapple house with his pets, Gary the snail and his scallop, Shelley.

Pineapple juice mixed with sand is said to be effective for cleaning stubborn surfaces.

To make your pineapple softer and juicier, keep it at room temperature for 1 or 2 days before cutting.

It can take more than two years for a pineapple plant to produce a single pineapple fruit.

There are more than a hundred varieties of pineapples that grow in varying sizes.

The top of a pineapple , after cleaning and drying, can be planted in soil and a new plant will grow.

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