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Pineapple (Ananas comosus)
is the common name for an edible tropical plant and also its fruit (although technically multiple fruit merged together, and perceived as one). It is native to Paraguay and the southern part of Brazil.
Pineapple is eaten fresh or canned and is available as a juice or in juice combinations. It is used in desserts, salads, as a complement to meat dishes and in fruit cocktail. While sweet, it is known for its high acid content (perhaps malic and/or citric). Pineapples are the only bromeliad fruit in widespread cultivation.

CLICK For more images The word pineapple in English was first recorded in 1398, when it was originally used to describe the reproductive organs of conifer trees (now termed pine cones). When European explorers discovered this tropical fruit, they called them pineapples (term first recorded in that sense in 1664) because of their resemblance to what is now known as the pine cone. The term pine cone was first recorded in 1694 and was used to replace the original meaning of pineapple.

The companies Dole and Del Monte began growing pineapple on the island of Oahu in 1901 and 1917.
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Del Monte Kenya Ltd
is a Kenyan company that operates in the food processing industry. The company previously known as Kenya Canners, owns a 5,500 acres (22 km²) of pineapple plantation and population of 6,000 employees.

Worldwide use


kigo for late summer

painappuru パイナップル pineapple
..... ananasu あななす ananas
..... matsuringo まつりんご
..... hoori 鳳梨(ほうり)
(with old Chinese characters)

Pineapples are grown in Okinawa.
In 1923, pineapples were introduced from Hawaii and first planted in Motobu, now you can see the Izumi Pineapple garden.
They also make pineapple sponge cake.

There is also the Nago Pineapple Park.

Things found on the way


January downpour--
a pineapple vendor rewrites
his price tag

hussein haji

long day--
drops of pineapple juice
sag the plastic bag

Caleb Mutua
Kenya saijiki forum


a proffered coin --
the pineapple vendor chases
after a matatu

Pineapple pieces are always wrapped in thin plastic bags and protected from the roadside fumes and dust. They are already peeled and ready to eat.

Kenyan pineapples are particularly tasty, better than any others I have ever eaten. They are not exported fresh, however, as they stay green and do not look as attractive to European eyes as West African or Caribbean pineapples, which excel in terms of appearance, but not in flavour. You can't please everyone... I prefer flavour over appearance any time!
Isabelle Prondzynski
Kenya Saijiki Forum, February 2010

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Related words

Banana Kenya. Banana (bashoo 芭蕉) in Japan

Papaya fruit. Carica papaya India, Yemen


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