The pineapple is actually 100-200 fruitlets all fused together. The plant is native to South America, to be more precise, somewhere between Southern Brazil and Paraguay. Its cultivation spread throughout South America, eventually reaching the Caribbean, Central American and Mexico. Columbus, who is responsible for introducing many crops to the Americas, was excited to take the pineapple back to Europe as a symbol of the many things the New World had to offer. Its introduction to the Philippines and Hawaii was accredited to the Spanish. In colonial America the pineapple became a symbol of welcome and friendship. This fruit can still be found on door knockers, door mats, and mail boxes.

Although Asia is now the largest pineapple producer, most of the pineapple found in California comes from either Hawaii or Costa Rica but some can also arrive from Florida. This product's peak season runs from March through July, but it's still available year-round. Pineapples are extraordinary versatile from beverages to desserts, it can easily be used in both sweet and savory dishes; so grab a Pina colada and decide a kind to use in your next recipe:
  • Sugarloaf Pineapple
  • Red Spanish Pineapple
  • Queen Pineapple
  • Smooth Cayenne Pineapple