Ananas comosus

The Tropical Food Plants Conservatory at Montréal Botanical Garden is newly-renovated, and is one of the highlights of a visit to the many MBG glasshouses. Most of the other glasshouses had plant displays with little interpretation. By contrast, the Tropical Food Plants Conservatory had an excellent mix of plants, interpretative signage, and accompanying displays. Well worth the visit!

Pineapple was previously featured on BPotD a few years ago: Ananas comosus (worth revisiting for an interesting link about “pressure and the keratolytic effect of bromelain”).

Wild relatives of the pineapple are native to southern Brazil and Paraguay. It was cultivated and spread throughout South and Central America by indigenous peoples prior to European arrival. Within 150 years, it was introduced into cultivation in many tropical and subtropical regions around the world as the fruit was valuable in the prevention of scurvy.

Cal’s Plant of the Week featured Ananas comosus in March of 2001, and it includes a photograph of a plant in flower (you may want to compare that flowering bromeliad with Tillandsia lindenii from a few days ago).

Wikipedia has a fairly detailed account on pineapples with a good set of references for additional reading.

Ananas comosus

13 responses to “Ananas comosus”

  1. lorax

    Do you know which cultivar that is, Daniel?

  2. Daniel Mosquin

    No, they didn’t have the cultivar labeled, unfortunately.

  3. Cambree

    Oh, I love pineapples! They are both sweet & tangy at the same time.
    They are available all year in California. But ship from so far away.

  4. Quin

    looks organo-metallic in your exposure. Very nice! Almost alien, such enzymes……

  5. Helen

    How your pineapple photo made me smile. About 50 years ago when I was about 17, my parents decided our family would vacation on the Big Island of Hawaii for a couple weeks. Because of our tiny budget we could afford only to camp at state and county parks. So we packed sleeping bags, pup tents, basic cooking gear, bathing suits and extra clothes, and rented a small car to fully tour the island. At the grocery stores we were amazed to find inexpensive, amazingly ripe, sweet-smelling pineapples. We continually replenished our supply of pineapples. Home was never like this! All was well for the first 4 or 5 days. Then one morning I rolled out of my tent to find everyone staring at me. It turned out the wonderful excess of pineapple (acid?) had caused my mouth to swell to an enormous size. Needless to say for the remainder of the trip I was allowed only to watch everyone else enjoy the pineapple.

  6. Annie Morgan

    Super photo – ‘organo-metallic’ is a great description! “Helen’s” post was interesting – I had no idea pineapple could cause such a thing.

  7. Essie

    Great photo! I love pineapples and get them as often as I can. Sometimes I get lucky and they’re always sweet.

  8. Millet

    Pineapple,is one of the easiest tropical food plants to grow. I grow 10-15 pineapple plants continuously in my Colorado greenhouse. Thanks for the notification of the Tropical Food Conservatory in Montreal. The next time in Montreal, I will have to visit it. – Millet

  9. elizabeth a airhart

    thank you – the juice makes lovely drinks
    ice cream and upside down cake

  10. Pineapple facts

    Excellent photo! May I use it on my site if I link back to you?

  11. Daniel Mosquin

    No, yours seems to be a commercial site. You’d have to email me to discuss permission to use and fees.

  12. Desmond

    My favorite fruit!!!

  13. Harry Bryant

    While the plant is not very friendly it is fun to grow at home. My wife has grown several in her greenhouse. They are small but oh, so, sweet.

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