The pineapple is one of the most popular fruits especially when used in deserts, cocktails and juices. The pineapple is also commonly packed as canned and whole fruits. Unlike most other fruits, you van easily buy or grow your own pineapple tree right in your garden.
How to grow a Pineapple tree
The pineapple tree is known to adapt to any weather but does really well when it receives plenty of sunshine. As such, if you live in regions closer to the North Pole than the equator, you should ideally grow the pineapple tree in your house. While the pineapple plant is often called a pineapple tree, its definition does not technically meet that of a tree. Instead, the pineapple grows in the centre of 3 feet tall bushes which allows for easy harvesting when the fruit is ripe. The pineapple tree is a biannual plant and as such, bears leaves in the first year and flowers in the second year.
There are different types of pineapple trees that one can grow within their garden. However, the sweet loaf variation is the best suited for new growers as it is quite simple to work with. When choosing the pineapple you would like to use, be sure to check for fresh leaves in the middle of the crown as pineapples that have these tend to yield the best fruit.
Most people are largely unaware that the pineapple tree and the flower that bears the pineapple fruit are one and the same thing. You will notice that when your pineapple tree’s flowers begin to bloom, they will quickly transmute to some of the best pineapple fruits that you have ever seen.
Harvesting of pineapple fruit from the pineapple tree should be done with care so as to avoid picking unripe fruits. Unripe pineapples have been known to be quite bitter and acidic and tend to leave a sour taste in the mouth. Moreover, people who have eaten unripe pineapples have also complained of a burning sensation on the throat and mouth.