Completely dissimilar, pineapples and America share one common historical trait. While Christopher Columbus isn’t the founder of the country, he was responsible for the “discovery” of the country and the fruit too. Originating from South America, the popularisation of these spiky fruits’ is commonly attributed to Columbus stumbling onto them in 1496. Due to the pineapple’s sensitivity to cultivation conditions, they were – and still are, in certain cultures – symbolic of wealth, often requested by members of royalty for ornamental purposes. Because of their decadence, both in taste and time taken to grow them, these fruits became synonymous with hospitality. From being used as opulent decor, to motifs on household items such as tablecloths and wallpaper, pineapples were even rented overnight in the 18th century to signify a warm welcome for guests.
RICH IN FLAVOUR AND MEANING
If time is a luxury, there’s no doubt that pineapples are one of the most extravagant fruit. Taking up to two and a half years to harvest, pineapple plants flower typically only after 12 to 15 months, producing fruit after about 15 to 18 months. Due to this in addition to its picky weather preference, hot-houses were built in colder countries to facilitate local pineapple growth. This marked a vast improvement over attempts to import them from South America, which frequently resulted in them rotting before reaching their destination. However, the true game-changer came about in 1900, when James Dole opened up the first pineapple plantations in temperate Hawaii. Arguably the most well-known food company and inescapable to anyone who has ever bought the fruit, they consequently produced more than 75% of the world’s pineapples and are still holding strong today.
PERFECT ALONE, PALATABLE WHEN PAIRED
With its unmistakably striking appearance, amplified by its signature tartness, it’s no wonder that this produce was exalted as an indulgence. These days, its ready availability offers a plenitude of goodness through their healthy mixture of vitamins, fibre, and antioxidant properties. The unique enzymes found in these fruit offer up an expansive array of pragmatic use as well – spanning from tenderising meat to treating medical burns. Acidic, sweet, and almost addictive, their aromatic flavour fuses well with other complementing or contrasting tastes. With a tangy relish that summons the beckoning of a beach or the humid sweltering of the tropics, these versatile fruits boost a memorable aftertaste when used as a central ingredient. Here are a few easy drink recipes that prove its wholesome adaptability that will leave your customers pining for more.