Pineapple Facts and Trivia
Pineapple facts and trivia
- Hawaii produce one third of all pineapples in the world
- Pineapples can be easily planted in your backyard by twisting the crown of a store bought pineapples, letting it dry for a couple of days and then planting it
- Pinapples are not really a single fruit, but a cluster of up to 200 fruitlets
- Plants take as much as two years to become productive, flower for only one day and produce only one fruit at a time, and usually not more than two pineapples during their lifecycle, with the second fruit being much smaller than the first
- They belong to the bromeliad plant family, of which they're the only edible member
- Of the several hundred cultivars, Smooth Cayenne is the most famous and prevalent, folowed by Red Spanish pineapples (they have a tougher skin that makes shipping easier) and Sugar Loaf, which are very large and heavy; Golden Supreme pineapples are sweeter and less acidic.
A Ginaca Machine photographed in 1915. They are still used today
- Canned pineapple was known at the very beginning of the 20th century, but wasn't financially feasible until Henry Ginaca, an engineer, invented a machine in 1911 that could remove the outer shell, inner core and both ends of 100 pineapples in less than a minute. The machine is still known today as the "Ginaca machine", and is widely used in canneries
- This plant originates from Brazil and Paraguay, and was brought to the West Indies by sailors several centuries before the arrival of Europeans, who subsequently exported it to hawaii
- Christopher Columbus found pineapples in 1493, during the exploration of the Caribbean, on the island of Guadalupe.He brought them back to Spain as a gift for Queen Isabella, who reportedly loved them. Several attemps of growing them in Europe were made, but the plant didn't grow well in cool climates.
- The first successful European pineapples were planted in Brisbane by German missionaries in the the 1840s and flourished near the present suburbs of Kedron, Banyo, Nudgee and Toombul. By 1920 there were already 13 pineapple canneries in Brisbane, and they couldn't handle the volume at peak times
- Pineapples were originally called "anana", which means "excellent fruit" in Caribbean idioms, and were later called "pineapple" by European explorers who found the flesh to be like an apple, and the appearance similar to a pinecone.
- Approximately three pineapples are needed to make one can of slices
- They were so rare in antiquity that they were given the name of "Fruit of Kings"
- The outside peel and central core, refused by factories, are used for cattle feed