Pineapples are a tropical fruit that is grown in many parts of the world. The pineapple is a member of the bromeliad family, which includes over 3,000 species of plants.
Pineapples are thought to have originated in South America, and they were first brought to Europe by Christopher Columbus in 1493.
Pineapples are an excellent source of Vitamin C and manganese. They also contain small amounts of Vitamins A and B6, copper and fibre. Pineapples are low in calories and fat-free.
Here are ten fun facts about pineapples:
1. The word “pineapple” actually comes from the Spanish word “pina”, meaning “pine cone”. This is because pineapples look like mini pine cones!
2. It takes about 18 months for a pineapple plant to produce fruit.
3. Once picked, pineapples do not ripen any further.
4. There are more than 100 varieties of pineapples grown around the world.
5. Hawaii is the only US state where pineapples are grown commercially.
6. Do you know what a crown is? It’s the leafy top part of a pineapple that you can pluck off and plant to grow your own pineapple!
7. Pineapple juice has been used as a meat tenderiser since World War II.
8. In China, Vietnam and Thailand, eating fresh pineapple or drinking pineapple juice is believed to bring good luck on exams or other important tests!
9. Did you know that all parts of the pineapple plant can be used? The leaves can be made into fabric or rope, while the stem can be used to make bowls or baskets!
10. Love piña coladas? You’re not alone – this popular cocktail was invented in Puerto Rico using rum, cream of coconut and (of course!) fresh pineapple juice!