Interesting facts about pineapple

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  1. "Eat pineapples, chew grouse, your last day is coming, bourgeois." Vladimir Mayakovsky wrote this famous couplet in the revolutionary year 1917. As you can see, the proletarian poet was sure that only wealthy people could afford such a luxury. Indeed, in our country, they were rare, although in many greenhouses they were grown already in the 19th century. The Russian writer P.I.Melnikov-Pechersky in one of his works mentioned that pineapples for the famous Makaryevskaya fair are grown in the Kudreshki estate near Nizhny Novgorod in a greenhouse.
  2. Pineapple is native to South America and is currently cultivated in many tropical countries. Currently, the world leader in the export of pineapples is the Hawaiian Islands, which account for about a third of all world production. The first plantations appeared here at the beginning of the 19th century.
  3. The discoverer of America Christopher Columbus recalled pineapples. In his diaries, he noted that pineapple looks like a pine cone, but much larger in size. The Indians called him "ana-ana", which means "the smell of smells", according to another version - "excellent fruit". It was the Europeans who began to spread pineapple around the world: they brought it to India, then to Africa and Australia.
  4. Europeans first managed to grow pineapple in greenhouses in the 17th century. The Duchess of Cleveland's gardeners conducted a successful experiment in 1672. The pineapple was presented as a gift to King Charles II of England. The monarch was delighted and ordered the cultivation of pineapples in the greenhouse at Windsor Palace.
  5. In the Soviet Union, bananas were most often sold green. At home they were put in a dark place and waited for them to ripen. Interestingly, pineapples in our stores are often sold unripe. But waiting for it to ripen at home is useless, if you cut the pineapple green, it will remain so.
  6. Pineapple is indispensable on the New Year's table in many countries. And in China, celebrating the New Year without it is generally considered unacceptable - after all, it is this fruit, according to the Chinese, that symbolizes happiness in the family and success in business.
  7. In addition to fruits, pineapple leaves are also widely used. They, however, are not eaten, but are used as raw materials for the production of environmentally friendly fabrics. It takes about 480 leaves to produce one square meter of fabric. The fabric is strong and thin. But these technologies have not received widespread use, therefore, the bulk of the leaves ends up in landfills.
  8. And in Mexico, pineapple peels are used to prepare the national drink, tepache. This type of beer was brewed by the Indians in clay pots. It was pineapple that was most often used, although, if necessary, it could be replaced with fruits or even vegetables.
  9. There are several dozen varieties of pineapples in the world. It is interesting that they all have the same shape, but differ significantly in weight: from 500 g to 4 kg. True, there are among the pineapples and their own champions. The largest fruit was grown in 1994 and weighed just over 8 kg. The homeland of this giant is Papua New Guinea.
  10. The image of a pineapple can be seen on the coat of arms of Jamaica. But, unlike the Hawaiian Islands, they have never played a big role in the economy. Jamaican rum is much more famous, but pineapples are not included in it.