Is a Pineapple a Berry?
Ever wondered what this weird looking fruit really is? Is it a pine or is it an apple? It’s neither, nor is it both. Get ready to have your mind blown and your childish innocence shattered. The pineapple is a berry. Yes, you read that right, a berry.
The pineapple fruit is actually the result of dozens of individual flowers that have fused together to form a single fruit or a “collective fruit”.
A pineapple fruit is formed when the light purple flowers, together with their bracts that are attached to a central core, become fleshy and fuse together. The fruit then ripens five to six months after flowering begins.
Although the majority of the world’s pineapples today come from Southeast Asia, the fruit originated in South America, most probably from the region between southern Brazil and Paraguay. From here, pineapples quickly spread around the continent up to Mexico and the West Indies, where Columbus found them when visiting Guadeloupe in 1493. Columbus then brought the pineapple back to Europe, from which it later made its trip to Hawaii.
Historically, Hawaii was the world’s largest pineapple producer and source for U.S. pineapples. Today the largest producers include the Philippines, Brazil, and Costa Rica.
Historically, pineapple was used in the production of wine, fiber, and medicine. Way back then it was also used to induce menstruation, kill parasitic amoebas, and expel worms.
How they grow?
Cloning is the most common method used by pineapple farms. To clone a pineapple you can use four different parts of the plant: the crowns (top of pineapple fruit), slips (the leafy branches below the fruit), suckers, and shoots (both can be found at the bottom of the stem).
A pineapple plant can take up to two years to reach maturity and bear fruit. Once the fruit is harvested, they won’t continue to ripen and are quite perishable.
The color of pineapple has nothing to do with its taste, which is mostly attributed to where the pineapples were grown.
Pineapple nutritional facts
A Pineapple is low in calories and packed with nutrients and antioxidants. It is especially rich in vitamin C and manganese. It has been linked to various health benefits, including improved digestion, a lower risk of cancer, improved immunity, and relief of arthritis symptoms.
Pineapples can be consumed in a variety of ways. You can easily incorporate them into your daily healthy diet, from beverages to your everyday meals, snacks, and desserts.
Want to grow your own pineapple?
Here are a few things you should know about pineapple plants if you want to grow your own pineapple plants.
- Pineapples don’t need much water.
- Pineapples need free-draining soil.
- Pineapples do not have a big root system and thus they don’t need much soil.
- Pineapples like slightly acidic soils. (Common in most garden soils)
- Pineapples can grow in full sun.
- Soggy, waterlogged soils,
- Having their leaves burned with concentrated fertilizers,
Legend says that pineapple extracts can be an aphrodisiac, or at least this is so according to folklore.