Someone asked me “Hey, do you know where do pineapples grow?” I said “Of course I do, they grow on pineapple trees!” He laughed at my response and said “No! They grow on parent plants that look like pines on the ground!” For the 18 years I have lived, this is the first time I got to know, “Oh, they don’t grow on trees!”
The origin of the fruit is from the area between Southern Brazil and Paraguay. After the natives of Brazil and Paraguay spread the fruit, pineapples reached the Caribbean eventually. In 1493, Columbus found out about pineapple and then the Spanish also spread pineapple into Philippines and Hawaii.
Pineapples are called pineapples because the body of a pineapple on its parent plant looks like a huge pine cone. People got confused with the pine cones and the fruit, as a result, the name of pineapple has been created.
In scientific binomial Ananas comosus, and ananas is the original name of the fruit, comes from the Tupi word nanas, meaning “excellent fruit”.
Now, people all around the world can enjoy the sweet and sour from pineapples, the planting facilities and transporting teams are set all around the world to spread all kinds of fruit. But, as people are enjoying pineapples, how many of them do not know that pineapples do not grow on trees?