They’re definitely one of the most unusual looking tropical fruits, but what facts do you know about them? Check out these top ten fascinating pineapple facts!
- Originally, ‘pineapple‘ was a name used for pine cones, the first recorded mention of the word dates back to 1398.
- When this tropical fruit was discovered in America, the Europeans named them pineapples because of the resemblance to what we now known as pine cones.
- A pineapple is not an apple, or pine. It’s actually a berry!
- In Spanish, pineapples are called piña – which you’ve probably heard of in reference to the piña colada drink.
- In the wild, pineapple plants can live & fruit for up to 50 years.
- You can actually grow pineapple plants by slicing off the top of a pineapple and planting it in soil.
- The world’s largest pineapple ever recorded was in 2011, grown by Christine McCallum from Bakewell, Australia. It measured 32cm long, 66cm girth and weighed a whopping 8.28kg!
- 75% of all pineapples sold in Europe are grown entirely in Costa Rica.
- The Hawaiian word for pineapple is ‘halakahiki‘.
- The Dole Plantation’s Pineapple Garden Maze in Hawaii has the record for the largest maze in the world, stretching over three acres!