Pineapple | Far North Queensland
The humble pineapple is grown in Far North Queensland in abundance!
Who doesn’t love the taste of pineapples? They’re definitely one of the most unusual looking tropical fruits, but what facts do you know about them?
- Originally, ‘pineapple‘ was a name used for pine cones, the first recorded mention of the word dates back to 1398.
- When this tropical fruit was discovered in America, the Europeans named them pineapples because of the resemblance to what we now known as pine cones.
- A pineapple is not an apple, or pine. It’s actually a berry!
- In Spanish, pineapples are called piña – which you’ve probably heard of in reference to the piña colada drink.
- In the wild, pineapple plants can live & fruit for up to 50 years.
- You can actually grow pineapple plants by slicing off the top of a pineapple and planting it in soil. I currently have 3 growing at the moment! Very easy and delicious!
- The world’s largest pineapple ever recorded was in 2011, grown by Christine McCallum from Bakewell, Australia. It measured 32cm long, 66cm girth and weighed a whopping 8.28kg!
- The Hawaiian word for pineapple is ‘halakahiki‘.
Try a Pineapple Far North Queensland!
Next time you are in Cairns, take a trip to Rusty’s markets and grab a fresh one!