Very common tropical fruit coming in several varieties, all with sweetish, acidic flavor.
2-5ft tall bromeliad. Leaves are 1-6ft long, frond-like, with small razored edges. Fruits take around 9 months to mature, upon which the mother plant will die. Usually, a side shoot or sucker has developed at this point, which will then flower and produce another fruit.
While they are hardy to 28-32F, growth stops below 55F. Ideal growing temperatures are between 68-95F.
Pineapples enjoy acidic soil, lots of water, full sun, and warm temperatures. They are drought tolerant.
By far the easiest way for the home gardener to propagate is to cut the top off of a pineapple fruit. Clean excess pulp and plant in warm, well drained soil. Suckers are the other most common commercial and large scale method of propagation.
Normally eaten fresh, or used in preserves, desserts, garnishes, and as flavoring for numerous dishes.
Native to Brazil and Paraguay.
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