If you follow my Pinterest then you’re probably aware that I’m completely obsessed with pineapples - for those who don’t, I have a board dedicated entirely to my love of pineapples (which was sitting at 134 pins last time I checked)! Anyone who has ever been out with me has most likely seen me buying pineapple as a snack too - I buy it at almost every opportunity. Essentially, I really really really LOVE pineapples!
So imagine my excitement when I found out that there’s a whole day dedicated to celebrating my favourite fruit…
Sources vary, but the most common date I’ve found for Pineapple Day is the 27th June (other sources suggest it’s the first Saturday of June each year, but I guess it’s up to you which one you choose). To celebrate, I plan on eating as much pineapple as possible, starting with a pineapple smoothie bowl for breakfast (I’ll be sure to post the recipe soon!).
As a little extra, I’ve also done some research and thought I’d share 27 facts (as it’s the 27th of June) about pineapples…
- The name “pineapple” is a result of a pineapple’s resemblance to pine cones and fruit.
- Pineapples originated from South America.
- Christopher Columbus discovered them in 1493 on the island Guadeloupe.
- The scientific name for pineapple is ananas comosus.
- Once cut from their plant, pineapples do not ripen any further.
- Pineapple plants have 100 to 200 brightly coloured flowers.
- Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? Sponge Bob Square Pants!!
- Pineapples are 10% sugar.
- You can grow a new pineapple plant by planting the top part of a pineapple.
- Pineapples contain the enzyme bromelain which can be used to tenderise meat (not that I do that as a vegan!).
- The presence of bromelain in pineapples is what makes your mouth sting when you eat pineapple (essentially pineapple eats you while you eat it - but don’t worry, it won’t cause any harm!).
- There are 37 different types of pineapples which are grouped into four broader categories: Smooth Cayenne, Abacaxi, Queen and Red Spanish.
- It can take up to three years to grow a pineapple.
- Eating pineapple helps to reduce inflammation.
- There are approximately 50 calories in every 100g of pineapple.
- Pineapples are highly perishable and spoil easily within a few days.
- Large quantities of manganese and vitamin C are found in pineapples.
- Hawaii is the only state in the US where pineapples are grown.
- Costa Rica currently produces the greatest number of pineapples.
- Pineapple on pizza: yay or nay?
- The fruits of the numerous flowers on a pineapple plant join together to form what we know as a pineapple.
- Hummingbirds and some types of bees pollinate pineapples.
- The world’s largest pineapple was grown in 2011 and weighed 8.28kg.
- Pineapples used to be so rare outwith the Caribbean islands that they were considered a symbol of wealth.
- Each pineapple plant can only grow one pineapple at a time.
- The bottom of a pineapple is the sweetest part.
- Pineapples are a type of bromeliaceae and are the only edible member of this species.
I’d love to write more about my favourite fruit, by right now I’m off to go and celebrate and eat an awful lot of pineapple - after all, we do have 2 whole pineapples in the house following my pineapple photoshoot! I hope you found a couple of the facts interesting and it’d be amazing if you could add my Pinterest here (I have boards for pretty much everything and I’ll be sure to follow you back)!
I hop you enjoy celebrating Pineapple Day and I’d love to hear your thoughts about this post. As for the question of pineapples on pizza, I’m a yes (although I don’t do it often) - what’s your opinion?!