Where do Pineapples Grow?
The pineapple tree with botanical name Ananas comosus is a stocky herbaceous perennial with tough, waxy leaves. Pineapple trees grow to about 1.0 to 1.5m in height and produce approximately 200 flowers when creating its fruit. The fruit of each individual flower conjoin and create the pineapple fruit.
History and Origin
The tropical pineapple fruit is native to South America and was named thus because of its alikeness to a pine cone. The fruit was discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1493 on the island of Guadeloupe. Columbus called this fruit piña de Indes which translates to pineapple and meaning “pine of the Indians”. Columbus imported pineapples and introduced them to Spaniards who later on brought them to the Philippines and Hawaii.
Another notable person who made a huge contribution in popularizing the pineapple fruit was Ferdinand Magellan, a Portuguese explorer. In 1519 he discovered the delectable pineapple fruit in Brazil and started exporting it to England by 1555. Due to its popularity, the pineapple spread to Asia and West Indies.
Pineapple in America
Captain James Cook brought pineapples to Hawaii circa 1770 and its commercial propagation began in 1880s. James Drummond Dole started his own pineapple plantation in the beautiful island of Oahu and began canning the fruit making it easily available worldwide. His canning business thrived when an automated machine that skins and cores pineapples was created. By 1921, Dole’s company The Dole Hawaiian Pineapple Company was doing so well that the pineapple became the largest crop and industry in Hawaii.
- Q: Where do pineapples grow?
A: Hawaii produces about 10 per cent of the world’s pineapple yield. Other states producing pineapples are Florida, California and Georgia.
- Q: How do pineapples grow?
A: Pineapples do not grow on tree rather they grow from a leafy plant. One pineapple is a result of numerous individual fruit-bearing flowers that conjoin into one single fruit.
- Q: What are the benefits of pineapple?
A: Pineapples contain a high amount of Vitamin C and antioxidants that help relieve Asthma and boost the immune system. It also has Manganese and flavonoids that help reduce the risk of cancer. Pineapples have been associated to improved fertility due to vitamin C, beta-carotene, copper, zinc, and folate that are essential in improving fertility for both males and females. Pineapples also regulate blood pressure and dissolve kidney stones because of the vitamins and minerals they contain.