Monday, May 7, 2007


I love pineapples and many times my quilts will have a pineapple in them. My sisters are artists and one of them uses pineapples as a theme quiet often. Whenever she does a painting with pineapples I want it.

I found this segment on the web about the history of the pineapple.

The first account of the pineapple was given by Christopher Columbus and his men, who landed on the island now known as Guadeloupe on their second voyage of discovery.

Columbus brought the succulent fruit back to Europe in 1493. Its cylindrical shape and rough, spiky surface caused the Spaniards to name it pina, after the pine cone, although the pineapple is much larger by comparison. The English noted the same resemblance, hence our word "pineapple".

To the Carib, the pineapple symbolized hospitality, and the Spaniards soon learned they were welcome if a pineapple was placed by the entrance to a village. This symbolism spread to Europe, then to Colonial North America, where it became the custom to carve the shape of a pineapple into the columns at the entrance of a plantation
The pineapple has been a universal symbol of hospitality and welcome for many centuries all over the world.

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