The History of Pineapples

The History of Pineapples

It is not a pine nor an apple, and it is not native to Hawaii. However, since it was first canned and became a major crop there, we associate pineapple with Hawaii and the tastes of the islands. It has wonderful tenderizing enzymes and goes especially well with pork as well as, seafood, and sweet-and-sour dishes. Of course, there are always plenty of dessert recipes using pineapple.

Pineapple History

The History of PineapplesAnanas comosus is the botanical name of the fruit we know as the pineapple.

Native to South America, it was named for its resemblance to a pine cone. The term pineapple (or pinappel in Middle English) did not appear in English print until around 1664.

Christopher Columbus is credited with discovering the pineapple on the island of Guadeloupe in 1493, although the fruit had long been grown in South America. He called it piña de Indes meaning “pine of the Indians.”

The History of PineapplesSouth American Guarani Indians cultivated pineapples for food. They called it nanã, meaning “excellent fruit.”

Another explorer, Magellan, is credited with finding pineapples in Brazil in 1519, and by 1555, the luscious fruit was being exported with gusto to England. It soon spread to India, Asia, and the West Indies.

When George Washington tasted pineapple in 1751 in Barbados, he declared it his favorite tropical fruit. Although the pineapple thrived in Florida, it was still a rarity for most Americans.

Captain James Cook later introduced the pineapple to Hawaii circa 1770.

However, commercial cultivation did not begin until the 1880s when steamships made transporting the perishable fruit viable.

The History of Pineapples

In 1903, James Drummond Dole began canning pineapple, making it easily accessible worldwide. Production stepped up dramatically when a new machine automated the skinning and coring of the fruit.

The Dole Hawaiian Pineapple Company was a booming business by 1921, making pineapple Hawaii’s largest crop and industry.

Today, Hawaii produces only ten percent of the world’s pineapple crops. Other countries contributing to the pineapple industry include Mexico, Honduras, Dominican Republic, Philippines, Thailand, Costa Rica, China, and Asia.

The History of Pineapples

Pineapple is the third most canned fruit behind applesauce and peaches.

Text from thespruce.com

Pineapple Cake / Ananaskake

A kake recipe found in “Famous Southern Baking Recipes for Better Baking” published by Snow King in 1929
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Recipe by Mrs. J. E Eubank Appling, Georgia (see picture). This reripe won first prize at a district contest held in Augusta, Ga.

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South Sea Beef Kebabs with Pineapple / Syd Havs Grillspyd med Biff og Ananas

A great kebabs recipe from the sunny South Seas found in “The Best of International Cooking” published by Hamlyn in 1984
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I am a sucker for any dish containing pineapples, canned or fresh. So I’ll be sure to remember this one when the snow and cold is gone and summer is here again – Ted

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Ham, Pineapple, and Cucumber Sandwiches / Skinke, Ananas, og Agurk Sandwicher

A delisious Afternoon Tea sandwich recipe found
on teatimemagazine.com

Ham, Pineapple, and Cucumber Sandwiches / Skinke, Ananas, og Agurk Sandwicher

These pretty Ham, Pineapple, and Cucumber Sandwiches,
garnished with thin slices of cucumber, will add a touch of elegance
to your tea table.

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Salad Barbados/ Salat Barbados

A salad recipe from “Fjærkre” (Poultry) published by
Hjemmets Kokebokklubb in 1982

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A delicious chicken salad with a spicy touch of the Caribbean.

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Picnic Salad / Picnicsalat

A recipe from “Norsk Ukeblads Store Salatbok”
(Norsk Ukeblad’s Big Salad Book) published in 1984
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traditional badge picnic_flatMake this salad, fill suitable containers with it. Bring it, fresh bread or rolls and something nice to drink to the park, the beach, the woods or where ever you fancy holding your picnic. And remember, have a good time – That’s an order – Ted  😉

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Fluffy Fruit Pie / Luftig Frukt Pai

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Evaporated milk seems to have been the chosen substitute for cream in the US most of the last century. As far as I know we have only one type here in Norway an it is aproparately enough called Vikingmelk – Ted

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Chicken Waikiki / Kylling Waikiki

A recipe from an ad for Ann Rice published in
LIFE magazine in 1958
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Caprice Pancakes With Rum Sauce / Caprice Pannekaker Med Romsaus

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So who doesn’t like pancakes. Not me at least, and these looks absolutely mouth-watering. And that rum sauce just tops it.

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Ananassorbet Med Kokosmarengs / Pineapple Sorbet With Coconut Meringue

A dessert recipe found in REMA 1000’s booklet
“Sjømat På Sitt Beste” (Seafood At Its Best)
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Sorbet is just a fancy name for frozen fruit run in a food processor while adding sugar syrup. If you’ve never made it before it sounds difficult as everything with fancy names but it is really very simple to make – Ted

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Campfire Marshmallow Salad

A recipe from an ad for Campfire Marshmallows published in Good Housekeeping in 1921

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Simply add Campfire Marshmallows to your favourite fruit salad; or use this recipe prepared by Alice Bradley, famous cooking authority. Then ask members of your family which way they like fruit salad best – with or without marshmallows

Make the test with Campfire Marshmallows. They are specially prepared for culinary use and are preferred by good cooks everywhere for their delicious flavour and fine texture; and also for their economy. Try it!

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Feather Cake With Pineapple Frosting / Feather Kake Med Anananas Glasur

A recipe from “Igleheart’s Cake Secrets” published in 1921

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The Igleheart’s Cake Secrets is an absolute treasure chest of classic cake recipes and here’s another one for you – Ted

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Pineapple Mousse / Ananasfromasj

A recipe from “Dreyers Kokebok I Farger” (Dreyer’s Cook Book In Colours) published by Dreyer in 1968

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Casserole With Pork Ribs and Pineapple – Gryte Med Svineribbe Og Ananas

A recipe from “Hei Mat” (Hello Food) published by a Norwegian book club in 1975

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The combination of pork and pineapple is good. This casserole with its simple ingredients is tasty, but still cheap party food. Cold beer goes down well with this dish.

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Chicken Waikiki Beach

A recipe from “McCall’s Great American Recipe Card Collection” published in 1973

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