The Pineapple as a Symbol of Hospitality, How Did It Happen

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The Pineapple as a Symbol of Hospitality, How Did It Happen

Christopher Columbus is credited with discovering, not only the Americas, but the Pineapplepineapple. Although, he didn’t so much as discover it as eat it when is was presented to him on the island now known as Guadalupe. The island people would set a pineapple at the entrance to their village if they allowed the explorers to visit. To them, it was a symbol of hospitality. Columbus took the pineapples home to Europe after his second voyage in 1493.

By 1642, pineapples were being grown in the hothouses of Europe, and the aristocracy was enjoying the fruit at their high-style dinners. It was hard to grow; and very expensive. It wasn’t until after World War 2 that it became much  more available to the common man (and woman).

The sea captains of colonial America brought them back from their voyages, and put one on a gatepost or porch post to let their friends know they were home and wanting to share their tales of adventure on the high seas. Fresh pineapples were set in the middle of the table at celebration dinners with friends. People began to have pineapples carved on headboards or posts used in the guest bedrooms as symbols of the highest hospitality.

Coronado Springs-Orlando

Soon innkeepers were adding it to their signs and room decorations. And, the tradition continues today. This lovely fountain is in the lobby at Coronado Springs in Disney World, Orlando.

I used to love to do stenciling of walls and furniture, and the pineapple is extremely popular. Many beautiful copies of old patterns can be found to use in your home. Just don't go overboard with this type of decoration especially if your thinking of selling. Not everyone likes having to paint over them when they buy a house; a border near the ceiling is nice.

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Jennifer Chiongbian
Specializing in all types of Manhattan apts & townhouses - Manhattan, NY
Real Estate Broker - NYC

Great history on the pineapple and its significance.  I LOVE pineapple, especially when its sweet!  My dogs have always loved the core and come running when I know I am cleaning it in the kitchen.  I guess its because it reminds me of home.  

Aug 04, 2012 04:33 AM #21
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

That darned Columbus!  He went around claiming to have discovered America, and now he's even accredited with finding pineapples. . .BUT everyone knows America was already here, and there were people here.  I'll bet there were also humans pretty close to those pineapples too:-)

Aug 04, 2012 06:35 AM #22
Toni Weidman
Sailwinds Realty - Trinity, FL
26 Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL

Will - anytime I can up the knowledge quotient of a friend-I'm happy!

Kristin - thank you very much, you are very sweet.

Belinda - always glad to help :):)

Jennifer - how nice (the part about reminding you of home). I didn't realize dogs like pineapple before-thanks for letting me know.

Myrl - he was really just a big braggart, I guess. I think the pineapples were already there when he got there but if he wants to say he "discovered" them; who are we to dispute it (it's a little late). :-)


Aug 04, 2012 07:32 AM #23
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Great post on the pineapple.  When we were back East in Connecticut, Virginia and DC, I was amazed how many stores and hotels had the pineaplle symbol as did homes.  It really is part of Colonial America.  A

Aug 04, 2012 08:18 AM #24
William Johnson
RE/MAX Associates - La Jolla, CA
San Diego Real Estate Voice, GRI CRS e-Pro CDPE
Hi Toni, Very informative background on the pineapple. I have used the pineapple myself as the focal point for dinner. Set on large crystal blocks, a set of three looks quite nice. Have you ever served pineapple braised off the grill. It is a real treat when serving a steak or salmon off the grill. I usually cut it about 2 inches thick and it looks and tastes awesome.
Aug 04, 2012 01:35 PM #25
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Toni - Thank you so much for sharing this info.  I always love learning about the origin of symbols and phrases.  Thx for sharing something new.

Aug 04, 2012 09:46 PM #26
Toni Weidman
Sailwinds Realty - Trinity, FL
26 Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL

Alexandra - I just regretted that I couldn't find a fresh one to photograph like yours.

William - that sounds wonderful; we will try it next time, thanks for the tip.

Debbie Gartner - me too; I enjoy any historical info.

Thank you all.

Aug 04, 2012 10:23 PM #27
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

  Thanks for the Ah-ha moment!
Featured you in my Weekly Post!

Aug 04, 2012 10:42 PM #28
Patricia Feager
Selling Homes Changing Lives


Pineapples have so many values and you've brought us some great educational information.

The pineapple is welcomed whether it's a stencil or a piece of fruit to eat. Thanks for a very informative and fun blog post! You're a teacher here in the Rain!

Aug 04, 2012 10:59 PM #29
Toni Weidman
Sailwinds Realty - Trinity, FL
26 Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL

Kathy - thank you for featuring me on your post!

Patricia - they are so tasty. I like William's tip to grill them-sounds yummy. Thank you for the kind words.

Aug 04, 2012 11:01 PM #30
Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Toni,

I was so glad to see Kathy posted you in her Sunday morning Ah ha post! I remember reading and commenting on this post. A worthy feature..congratulations.

Aug 04, 2012 11:06 PM #31
Melissa Marro
Keller Williams First Coast Realty - The Marro Team - Orange Park, FL
Jacksonville Real Estate and Home Staging

Thank you for the lesson. When I set up my home staging business in Charleston, our logo symbol was the pineapple because of it's symbol of hospitality and the fact that we had lived for 6 years in Hawaii and I personally had that connection. 

Aug 05, 2012 12:42 AM #32
Sandy Acevedo
951-290-8588 - Chino Hills, CA
RE/MAX Masters, Inland Empire Homes for Sale

Hi Toni, I love this story and the hospitality symbol that it is. This is great to know and to use!

Aug 05, 2012 04:35 AM #33
Joanna Cohlan
Fresh Eyes For Your Home - Chappaqua, NY
Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes

Thank you for explaining the origins of the pineapple's symbology-I loved seeing those wonderful carved pineapples on doorways and on posts in front of homes-it makes me feel so welcome.

Aug 05, 2012 12:04 PM #34
Dale Baker
Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections - Claremont, NH
New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information

Howdy and evening Toni

Toni my friend, now that is something to do with History and the Pineapple I sure did not know! That sure is mighty cool that the Pineapple is a Symbol of Hospitality. You outstanding blog post has gave me an idea.

Have a good one 

Dale in New Hampshire

Aug 05, 2012 02:22 PM #35
Evelyn Kennedy
Alain Pinel Realtors - Alameda, CA
Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA


I didn't know that Christopher Columbus took the pineapple to Europe.  What a great history of pineapples.  Thanks for the enlightenment.

Aug 05, 2012 03:20 PM #36
Toni Weidman
Sailwinds Realty - Trinity, FL
26 Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL

Dorrie - thank you!

Melissa - a doubly good symbol to use!

Sandy - thanks!

Joanna - I always notice them too!

Dale - always good to spark an idea for a friend :)

Evelyn - I was surprised too. Funny thing is that one of the kings didn't like the taste :)

Aug 05, 2012 10:37 PM #37
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Thanks for the history lesson.  Pineapples are much used in Colonial Williamsburg as a sign of hospitality.  

I will re-blog this and post it on my Facebook page.

Aug 07, 2012 04:37 AM #38
David Popoff
DMK Real Estate - Darien, CT
Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct

You are absolutely correct and that is why William Pitt Sotheby's International Realty uses the pineapple as their symbol.


Aug 07, 2012 04:53 AM #39
Toni Weidman
Sailwinds Realty - Trinity, FL
26 Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL

Roy - thank you!

David - Makes sense to me!

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