history of the pineapple

The Journey of this Delicious Fruit.

The Beginning.

Historians believe that the pineapple originated in Guadalupe, Brazil in South America, which is where Christopher Columbus discovered it in 1493. It was imported to by Christopher Columbus, and it is most likely that him and his crew members were probably the first few people from the European continent to have tasted this fruit.

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The Origin of the Word.

The word “pineapple” in English was first recorded in 1398, when it was originally used to describe the reproductive organs of conifer trees, which are now called “pine cones”. When European explorers discovered this tropical fruit, which was first recorded in 1664, they called them “pineapples”, as it vaguely resembled to what is now known as the pine cone. Recorded in 1694, the term “pine cone” (the reproductive organs of conifer trees) replaced the original meaning of “pineapple”.

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James Drummond Dole.

Born September 27, 1877, James Dole, later to be known as the "Pineapple King", was an American industrialist who developed the pineapple industry in Hawaii. He established the Hawaiian Pineapple Company, which later became the Dole Food Company, and now operates internationally.  

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Final Thoughts.

Without pioneers such as Christopher Columbus and James Dole, the pineapple would not be where it is today, as it is enjoyed on an international level.  As popularity rose with the pineapple, this led to innovation such as pineapple juice, which is used in many Tiki drinks.  Without the increased popularity of the pineapple, popular Tiki drinks, such as the Jungle Bird, the Painkiller, and the Singapore Sling may not have come into fruition! (no pun intended!)

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