pineapple |ˈpīˌnapəl|

1 a large juicy tropical fruit consisting of aromatic edible yellow flesh surrounded by a tough segmented skin and topped with a tuft of stiff leaves.

2 the widely cultivated tropical American plant that bears this fruit. It is low-growing, with a spiral of spiny sword-shaped leaves on a thick stem. Ananas comosus, family Bromeliaceae.


By Lexie Arendt
The Pineapple Discovery!

The pineapple is native to Southern Brazil and Paraguay. The Brazilians spread this delicious fruit through South America and it then reached the Caribbean where it was to be discovered by Christopher Columbus as he was exploring the new worlds. This happened on his second voyage that took place in 1493. When he found pineapples he named them pineapples because they slightly resemble a pine cone. He brought the new and interesting fruit back to England with him and introduced it to European countries and it became a part of the Columbian Exchange. It was the first bromeliad to return to Europe and leave from the Americas. A bromeliad is a plant that is commonly found in the Southern parts of North America and in South America. They are also known to have long and stiff stems. When they brought it back to England they started to plant and grow the pineapple. It takes a long time to grow but was tasty and offered a variety in the bland diet of these people.

The process of growing is very long. For most pineapples it ranges from 18 months of growing to three years. The british became masters of the pineapple and grew them on British soil. The video to the right shows the way in which the British would have had to plant and wait for these products.

What effects came from the bringing of pineapples to the rest of the world?

  • If it were not for the Columbian Exchange they would not have pineapples in Hawaii because Spain later brought them over to Hawaii
  • The pineapples added flavor and excitement to meals all over the world and helped to make the meals not as bland. They also added variety to all of their choices because of this and many other new food items that were brought over and distributed around the world during this time period

Pineapples were very rare to be found and bought whole with the skin still on unless they were grown in the Old World because of the long time it took for ships to deliver the pineapple. This resulted in them becoming rotten so they either candied the fruit, packed it in sugar or if it were glazed in sugar. Having pineapple at your house or at a party was a sign of wealth and prosperity.

Growing Pineapples

Pineapples were a sign of wealth.
Pineapple Plant