Ahh…the pineapple. When I think of pineapples, I am transported to tropical Hawaii with thoughts of cool ocean breezes and exotic cocktails waiting to be enjoyed. How about you?
Pineapple on Parent Plant
photo from Wikipedia
As a symbol of hospitality, I love having pineapples included in my decor. I have some carved in wood or made of ceramics, others adorn a favorite tablecloth and a set of napkin rings and yet another is the motif for my outdoor fountain. Thanks to my friend Lily @ Blahwg-Life on and off the farm, I now have a set of beautiful white porcelain pineapple candleholders! The fact that pineapples remind me of a tropical island, is the icing on the cake.
If you feel the same way, you might be as surprised as I was to learn that Florida was the first state to commercially produce pineapples!
You can read all about the history of the pineapple in the United States at the University of Central Florida where I read this:
"In America, commercial production of pineapples began in earnest in Florida in the late 19th century. In fact, for a short time, Florida was among the world's most prolific producer's of pineapple. However, by the 1930s, pineapple production in Florida began to fall off, largely due to changes in climate and increased competition from central America and Hawaii.
According to some sources, pineapples were introduced to Hawaii as early as the 16th century. But pineapples weren't canned in Hawaii until about 1885, and the American territory did not become world famous for its pineapples until Jim Dole founded his highly successful Hawaiian Pineapple Company in 1901. Remarkably, by the 1920s, the pineapple was Hawaii's largest industry, and, until recently, Hawaii was the world's largest producer of canned pineapples."
Learning that pineapples played a role in our history was all it took for me to hit The Florida Memory State Library & Archives to search for some images.
I found lots of photos and postcards and thought I would share them with you…
|Going to Market — Late 1800s|
|Pineapples of the Florida Keys c1880|
|Schooner Lillie of Key West loaded with pineapples between 1880-1900|
|Sally is standing in her father's pineapple garden in Brooksville, Florida - 1899. He had just put in an irrigation system.|
|Agricultural laborers loading pineapples in a field on October 13, 1905|
|Pineapples in Transport — Volusia County c1910|
|Pineapple Boat c1910|
|Pineapple Field c1920|
|Harvesting Pineapples in Indian River c1920|
|Indian River Pines Label — Eldred, Florida|
|Fifteen Pound Pineapple Postcard - Postmarked March 14, 1922|
|Growing pineapples : Florida Postcard - Postmarked May 13, 1937|
|A good wagon load|
|Pineapple Farm in Florida|
|A Pineapple Field|
Whether grown in a field, a farm or a grove, I LOVE pineapples!
Did you know that you can…
Grow Your Own Florida Pineapples!
While pineapples are no longer grown commercially in Florida, our soil and climate make them a wonderful addition to our gardens. You can learn how to grow your own pineapples in Florida on this page at University of Florida IFAS Extension.
"Although pineapples are no longer a uniquely American product, the symbol of hospitality still looms large in both Florida and Hawaii, for the most important industry in both states today is... the hospitality and tourism business!"
That's it for today folks, I have to go now —
I'm suddenly in the mood for a Pina Colada!