Pineapple… um… let’s put it this way: “While many people think it is really tasty and amazing, we (rather I), had a different notion about it in childhood. Honestly, the taste for us (me, actually) is more of an acquired taste. Which means, the love for pineapple didn’t come naturally. I had to acquire it over time.” You may disagree totally or you and I may just be alike. Either way, since this fruit is quite popular, it is always worth talking about some interesting pineapple facts.
You might need these facts for your school project or just for a random quiz competition. May be you will need them for teaching your children or just for refreshing your memories. One way or the other, you might find this list of facts about pineapples useful. So, why waster time? Let’s get started…
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1. Did you know that though pineapple is today available worldwide, it actually originated in a place between today’s Paraguay and Brazil? This means, this fruit is indigenous to South America.
2. Though the fruit had a modest beginning, it quickly spread across South America and soon made its way into places like Mexico, Central America and Caribbean.
3. Ancient civilizations like the Mayans and the Aztecs were very well-familiar with this fruit. However, it reached Europe after a very long time in 1493.It was Christopher Columbus who took the fruit back to Europe.
4. The first ever record of the word ‘Pineapple’ dates back to 1398. However, back then, the word was actually a description of ‘pine cones’. In 1694, for the first time in history of humankind, ‘pine cones’ were called as pine cones and not ‘pineapples’!
5. In year 1664, European explorers reached Americas. They saw the fruit and the found a striking resemblance between pine cones and the fruit. No wonder they called it ‘pineapple’. So actually, between 1664 and 1694, the word ‘pineapple’ referred to both the fruit and the pine cones.
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6. A pineapple (fruit) can take up to 3 years for growing and becoming mature on a plant. But, harvesting is done earlier than that. However, if cultivation is done by crown cutting and plantation, results are faster.
7. Growing a pineapple is really easy. All you have to do is cut off the top of the pineapple and put it back in soil but before that, the crown has to be dried partially. Simply plant the top of the fruit and it will grow. So, want to want start a pineapple business?
8. Once pineapples are harvested, they just won’t ripen any further. This simply means that if you keep the fruit you just bought for a few days or a week or so, do not expect the fruit to ripen even further. What you bought is how it will stay.
9. The reason why a pineapple is harvested slightly before it fully ripens is that once that happens, it becomes difficult to store it.
10. A pineapple that is fully ripen will stay for a maximum of 2 days under normal conditions and maximum for a week under refrigerated conditions. This means that the fruit is very perishable once fully ripe.