My pineapple that I started in the fall of 2016 is about ready to supply me with a third homegrown delicious fruit.  The word “pineapple” was recorded in English to describe the reproductive organs of conifer trees, now termed pine cones.  So, when the Englishmen first encountered this tropical fruit, they named them pineapples, because they reminded them of pine cones. 

I am keeping a very close eye on it.  When it starts to turn yellow on the vine, I need to cut it immediately; bring it in the house and let it soften up for a few days.  And when it is ready, I will peel it, slice it and stick it in the fridge.  I promise you, you have not experienced the flavor of a real pineapple until you have had the privilege to do this.  It’s like the difference between a vine-ripened tomato, and a hot-house tomato.

Pineapples originated in South America.  It is generally believed that the pineapple grew in the area between southern Brazil and Paraguay.  Little seems to be known about the domesticated pineapple.  The natives of South America spread the pineapple throughout the whole of South America, and it eventually made it to the Caribbean. 

Columbus brought the pineapple back to Spain with him, and the Spaniards spread the pineapple as far as the Philippines and Hawaii.  Hawaii would be the first to commercially produce the fruit in 1886.  I suppose that is why I always considered it as a Hawaiian fruit.  I also just discovered that there is a poker game called Crazy Pineapple; I have no idea how that is played, but I doubt it will ever be as popular as Texas Holdem.

God bless you all -- RHM