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.


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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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Rainmaker
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Evelyn Kennedy
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Gallagher & Lindsey, Alameda, California

Toni:

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

August 05, 2012 10:20 PM
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Toni Weidman
23 Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL
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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 :)

August 06, 2012 05:37 AM
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Roy Kelley
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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.




August 07, 2012 11:37 AM
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David Popoff
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You are absolutely correct and that is why William Pitt Sotheby's International Realty uses the pineapple as their symbol.

 

August 07, 2012 11:53 AM
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Roy - thank you!

David - Makes sense to me!

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