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Pineapple (Ananas comosus) is the common name for an edible tropical plant and also its fruit It is native to the southern part of Brazil, and Paraguay. This herbaceous perennial plant grows to (1-1.5 m) tall with 30 or more trough-shaped and pointed leaves 30-100 cm long, surrounding a thick stem. 

The pineapple is an example of a multiple fruit: multiple, spirally-arranged flowers along the axis each produce a fleshy fruit that becomes pressed against the fruits of adjacent flowers, forming what appears to be a single fleshy fruit.

What do you know about Pineapples? Slice you way with this quick quiz.

Pineapple Trivia powered by ABE1. The natives of southern Brazil and Paraguay spread the pineapple throughout South America and it eventually reached the Caribbean. Who discovered it in the West Indies and brought it back with him to Europe?

2. What country introduced pineapple into the Philippines, Hawaii, Zimbabwe and Guam.

3. The fruit was successfully cultivated in European hothouses, and pineapple pits, beginning in 1720. Commonly grown cultivars include 'Red Spanish', 'Hilo', 'Smooth Cayenne', 'St. Michael', 'Kona Sugarloaf', 'Natal Queen', and 'Pernambuco'. True or False?

4. The pineapple was introduced to Hawaii in 1813, Pineapples were sold canned by 1892. Pineapple cultivation by U.S. companies began in the early 1900s on Hawaii. Who started a pineapple plantation in Hawaii in the year 1900?

5 What company began pineapple cultivation on the island of Maui in 1909?

6. Fresh pineapple is often somewhat inexpensive as the tropical fruit is hardy and easy to ship.

7. In 2001, what country produced the most pineapples?

8. This pineapple is 5-6 lbs, pale yellow to yellow flesh. Cylindrical in shape and with high sugar and acid content. Well adapted to canning and processing. L eaves without spines. This is the variety from Hawaii, and the most easily obtainable in U.S. grocery stores.

9. The root and fruit are either eaten or applied topically as an anti-inflammatory and as a proteolytic agent. It is traditionally used as an antihelminthic agent in the Philippines. True or False?

10. In some cultures, the pineapple has become associated with what idea. To display the idea, they use of pineapple motifs as carved decorations in woodworking. What is the idea?


1. Columbus

2. Spanish

3. True

4. James Dole

5. Maui Pineapple Company

6. False. Fresh pineapple is often somewhat expensive as the tropical fruit is delicate and difficult to ship.

7. Thailand

8. 'Smooth Cayenne'

9. True

10. Welcome

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