I currently live in Charleston where you will see the pineapple as sculptures, on flags, houses, paintings and my favorite the legendary pineapple fountain! It is a symbol of welcoming here in the south! I was researching some facts about pineapples and actually learned new, interesting and unique facts about the unusual fruit!
Back in the day when ships would return to the Caribbeans, Europe and North America from long voyages they would bear gifts of pineapples! This created the pineapple as a symbol of welcome and hospitality, which has stuck around thus far!
It actually takes a pineapple up to three years to reach ripeness!
That is quite a bit of time!
When they are taken off the plant they do not ripen any father, so each pineapple is individually handled when it comes to cultivating! They actually grow out of a flower which forms multiple berries which end up fusing together to create the PINEAPPLE!
It is crazy to discover all the great things that pineapples can be used for! One of my favorites is pineapple wine! There is also Tepache which is a great tasting fermented drink which is native to Mexico!
Overall pineapples are awesome! Try a new recipe or drink with pineapple, it will leave you wanting to discover more great uses for pineapples!