Origin of Pineapples
The pineapple was a staple of South American Indian feasts and rites related to tribal affirmation. It was also used to produce Indian wine.
Pineapples are thought to have originated in Brazil and Paraguay in South America.
They were first discovered by Europeans in 1493 on the Caribbean Island now known as Guadeloupe. Pineapples arrived in the Caribbean after centuries of Indian migration and commerce.
When Columbus and other discoverers brought pineapples back to Europe, attempts were made to cultivate the sweet, prized fruit until it was realised that the fruit’s need for a tropical climate inhibited its ability to flourish in this region.
By the end of the 16th century, Portuguese and Spanish explorers introduced pineapples into many of their Asian, African and South Pacific colonies – countries in which pineapples are still grown today.
Lutheran missionaries introduced the pineapple to Australia in the 1830’s and it now grows predominantly along the coast of Queensland. There are also small amounts grown in northern NSW and northern Western Australia.
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