There are several pineapple plants around Pika - be careful as you walk past as their prickly leaves can do some damage! At the moment there are none in flower so they look like this:
However here are some photos from last summer when they were bearing fruit. Look how the pineapple grows out from a centre stem, standing up. This particular variety is called bouteille (presumably from its shape) and is grown exclusively on Guadeloupe. It is high in sugar and therefore very tempting to rats!
Did you know...
* Pineapple plants take 18 months to 2 years after being planted to produce a fruit.
*When the fruit has been picked, you cut the head off and replant it. Baby ones will frow up around it and it will rot away.
*These will take another two years to grow a fruit - and so the cycle continues.
* Fresh ones can't be used in gelatin as they produce an enzyme called bromelain, although it breaks down in canning and so tinned pineapple should work fine. The enzyme makes pineapple juice a good tenderiser and marinade
Good to eat...
*Pineapples are high in vitamin C, vitamin B1, manganese (an essential trace nutrient) and a good source of dietary fiber, thiamin, vitamin B6 and copper
*Pineapples are very low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium
They don't last very long in our house; once ripe they go off very quickly so we tend to devour them fresh very quickly!
Sources: wikipedia, www.produceoasis.com, www.lesilesdeguadeloupe.com Bertie Mamie
Photos: from Pika unless otherwise stated