Fruit – Vegetable – Tropical Fruits
Christopher Columbus received pineapples as a welcome present from the inhabitants of Guadeloupe after his second voyage across the Atlanic ocean on the 4th November. He compared them with the pine cone, which led to the English and Spanish designations of the “pineapple” (pine cones). The Europeans spread them to all tropical regions. They benefited from the breeding experience of the South American Indians: the archetype of the pineapple still carried tiresome seeds inside the berries, the cultured pineapple of the Indians could already be propagated by saplings.
It looks like the tuft of the pineapple fruit, but substantially larger: Approximately 1 m length, and spiky with feather-edged leaves that form a rosette. An approximately 30 cm long peduncle with 100 to 200 white-pink blossoms, arranged like an spike grow from the middle. Bracts stand around the blossoms, on the peak of the spike there is a rosette of leaves. With ripeness the blooms turn from blossoms into berries, which together with bracts and peduncle grow to a meaty fruit.
Everywhere in the tropics.
They may be eaten raw, put in sweet and hearty salads, made into fancy cake fillings and flan covering. Also, they can be boiled for jam or chutney, roasted with poultry and red meat or baked in cake.
Whole mature fruits last about 4 days with a fridge temperature of a maximum of 5 °C, any lower, the insides of the fruit may become covered in spots. Sliced ripe fruits last 1 day at a maximum of 5 °C. Post-maturation: they should be stored on a soft base or hung up by the tuft in a chilled room at 10 to 15 °C.