How did the pineapple get its name?

In this brief article, we will answer the question, “How did the pineapple get its name?”  and provide information on the appearance of pineapples, their types as well as their uses.

How did the pineapple get its name?

Pineapple got its name as it resembles a pine cone. As the exterior part of the pineapple resembled a pine cone and the interior portion looked like an apple, the fruit was called pineapple.

Thus, pineapple’s resemblance to pine cones resulted in the fruit being called pineapple. Some believe that explorers gave the fruit its name.

Tropical fruits were not that common in European countries. These fruits were shipped and pineapples had a natural fragrance with sweetness. As a result, it was seen as a luxury. 

Pineapple fields are commonly found around Hawaii, Northern Africa, Florida, West Indies, and Australia. Pineapple has a short stem and the plant has waxy leaves. The leaves of pineapple have a fiber that can be used to prepare textiles.

How do pineapples look?

Pineapple plants have around 30-40 leaves. The leaves grow and then fuse to form a big mass on the flower stem. Soon this mass grows bigger and bigger. Eventually, the flowers become fleshier and fuse with each other to form a fruit.

Pineapples have a diamond-like pattern on their exterior. It has a cylindrical shape and the leaves of pineapple look like that of a cactus.

Some believe that the patterns on pineapples appear like lattices or appear similar to a geometric pattern. As pineapples have a tough exterior, you need to remove the exterior using a knife and then consume them.

What are some types of pineapple?

  • Smooth Cayenne is a variety of pineapple found in India, Malaysia, Thailand, and Srilanka. It was first introduced in Cayenne from where it got introduced in England’s botanical gardens.

Smooth Cayenne has yellow flesh and a slightly orange rind. It has shallow eyes but mild and juicy flesh.

  • Hilo is a variant of Smooth Cayenne. The fruit is comparatively smaller in size and has a cylindrical appearance. It weighs 2 pounds and has a smaller crown.
  • St Michael is another variant of Smooth Cayenne. It is heavier than Hilo and weighs around 5-6 pounds. It has a small crown and has low acidity.
  • Giant Kew is a pineapple grown in India. It is one of the heaviest fruits weighing around 6 to 10 pounds. The slices can be used for canning.
  • Charlotte Rothschild is another pineapple grown in India. It is the second heaviest next to Giant Kew. Its flesh can turn a mixture of yellow and orange when ripe. A smaller variant of this fruit is grown in Guinea.
  • Perolera is a variant of Smooth cayenne. It is grown in Colombia. The fruit weighs around 7 to 9 pounds.
  • Bumanguesa is a variant of Petrolera. Its exterior can appear red or purple. It has yellow flesh with shallow eyes.
  • Monte Lirio is a pineapple grown in Mexico and Central America. The fruit appears round and has white flesh.
  • Valera is a pineapple variant that grows in Puerto Rico. It has small leaves with spines. The leaves can appear a mix of purple and green color.
  • Monte Oscuro has spiny leaves. It has small eyes with fibrous flesh. 
  • Abacaxi is a well-known pineapple species found in Brazil. The leaves have a bluish-green color. It has a very fragrant smell with a rich flavor. Its flesh is too soft and thus it is not transported quite often.

What are some uses of pineapple?

Pineapples can be added to salads, desserts, and compotes. It can also be added to cakes, compotes, and pies. It can be used as sauces or preserves.

Pineapples can be added to curries. It can be added to pizzas and burritos too. Canned pineapple can be consumed throughout the world too

Pineapples can be added to juices, syrups, marmalade, concentrates, and preserves. Pineapple syrups can be used to prepare confectionery or juices. Powdered pineapple extract can be added to many foods.

Pineapples can be used as animal feeds too. Pineapple crowns are particularly fed to horses. Pineapples can be dehydrated in the form of bran and then provided to pigs, chickens, or cattle too.

Pineapple juice can be used for cleaning knife stains as well as to scrub boat decks. The fiber present in pineapple leaves can be used for preparing capes, caps, or tribals as well as for stringing jewels.


In this brief article, we have answered the question, “How did the pineapple get its name?” and provided information on the appearance of pineapples, their types as well as their uses.


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