Pineapples were first discovered in Brazil in the 1600s. After it’s discovery, it was soon exported to Europe so they could start producing it on their own.  Upon discovery, the European explorers called the fruit pineapples - term first recorded in 1664 - because of the similarities to the pine cone.

The Fun Facts

  • A pineapple was traditionally given as a gift of friendship
  • It takes a long time for a pineapple plant to produce fruit – typically around 2 years
  • Southeast Asia produces the majority of the world’s pineapples
  • James Dole is considered the “King of Pineapples”
  • You can grow your own pineapple by planting the top of the pineapple in soil
  • Every pineapple plant produces one pineapple each year
  • A pineapple is considered to be a cluster of 100-300 little fruitlets
  • You can’t use pineapple in jello because its bromelain content stops it from jelling
  • A pineapple cannot ripen more after it is picked
  • An unripe pineapple can be poisonous
  • One of the ways you tell if a pineapple is ripe is by smelling it
  • Thailand produces more pineapples than any other country in the world
  • After Columbus first found pineapples, they started to be consumed on ships to prevent scurvy
  • 212,000 tons of pineapple were produced in Hawaii in 2005
  • The core of the pineapple is edible
  • A pineapple can be ripe even if the outside is green
  • The pineapple pulp left after juicing is used in livestock feed. It is very high in vitamin A
  • Do not mix dairy products with pineapple until right before serving