The pineapple has been called the king of fruits and the queen of fruits because, says Père du Tertre, it wears a crown. If my grandbaby said that, it would be just too precious for words, but this was a grown man.
The pineapple has been cultivated in the Americas for so long it lost its seeding function back in pre-history. Had to have help to … you know.
The pineapple was found in Guadeloupe by Columbus and his crew in 1493. Rich in vitamin C, pineapples were taken aboard ships leaving the Americas. The crowns were dumped or planted wherever the ships made landfall, spreading the plant when the climate was favorable.
Carib Indians hung pineapples or pineapple crowns outside their huts as a sign of hospitality; they also planted hedges of the spiky fruit to discourage intrusion. This explains the symbolism of stone pineapples decorating boundary walls.
Pretty cool, eh? I mean warm.
A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: How does your main character know he or she is welcome?