The pineapple comes from South America, where it has been grown for centuries. The pineapple became a significant cultural symbol of luxury when it was brought to Europe in the 17th century. Pineapple has been grown commercially in greenhouses and on numerous tropical plantations since the 1820s.
Pineapples are small shrubs that grow; The unpollinated plant’s individual flowers combine to produce numerous fruits. The plant typically matures within a year and propagates from the offset produced at the top of the fruit or from a side shoot.
In the 1568 translation of André Thevet’s The New Found World, or Antarctike, a reference to a Hoyriri, a fruit that was grown and eaten by the Tupinambá people, who lived near modern Rio de Janeiro and are now thought to be pineapples, was the first time the fruit was mentioned in English.
Many European languages adopted this term, which led to the scientific binomial Ananas comosus, where comosus means “tufted” and refers to the plant’s stem. Purchas, who wrote in English in 1613, called the fruit Ananas. However, Mandeville, who wrote in 1714, is the first English writer to use the word “pineapple” in the Oxford English Dictionary.