Saturday, April 18, 2015

Pinapple (A-to-Z challenge 2015)

Hello and welcome to another fruity post for the A-to-Z April Challenge. Today is P day so let's talk about the Pineapple. 

Once again I have no idea where they found that name in English Pine+apple, it looks nothing like an apple and it doesn't some from a pine tree, though it might look a little bit like a relative of a pine cone. The thing is if you ask wikipedia is says something like: they used the world pineapple to describe a pine cone in 1398 but then they discovered the pineapple and called it pineapple in 1664 so they changed the first pineapple to pine cone in 1694. But when Colombus found the pineapple in 1493 he called it piña de Indes (the pine of the indians) so could it be possible that the English just didn't get the Spanish and changed that to pineapple... nobody will ever know. So the pine cone's first name was pineapple which doesn't really make more sense, seeing it's more like a cone but I think it should be called pine nuts carrier but nobody asked me to decide. Thought the pineapple itself is called something closed to ananas by almost everyone else on the planet. Don't you love etymology?

Anyway the pineapple is made of coalesced berries.... not a joke, just another big berry of some sort. 
When I was in Okinawa, I had the chance to visit the pineapple park and see the pineapple in different state of grow and to taste a different pineapple related product from juice, to alcohol, cake, vinegar... it was a lot of fun. You can see more about it here.

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