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Edible Bromeliad ~ the Pineapple

There’s the decorative Bromeliad (which is very pretty when in bloom)

and the edible Bromeliad which is otherwise known simply as the Pineapple.

When ripened they are fruits that are simply so “tropical” looking, aren’t they?

Ripe and Ready!

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Pineapples (Nanas/黃梨) are Flowering

I guess the Pineapples are flowering in my garden (or rather my grow zone) because it’s Spring. OK, officially it is the start of Spring but plants, unlike us people, can’t be bothered with calendar dates. They just do what they feel like. So yesterday and today the 3 pineapple plants in my yard began showing off their blooms. Do you know that each flower produces a fruit?

a pineapple "bouquet"

a pineapple “bouquet”

So the Pineapple we know, see, buy & consume is actually a bunch of fruits aligned and clumped together into a framework, to produce that mega structure which we think is and call a Fruit. I wonder why no one has called it a Pineclump or Clumpapple.

So beautiful yet not often seen.

So beautiful yet not often seen.

So attractive yet self pollinating.

So attractive yet self pollinating ~ bees excused.


Pineapple suckers

Yes, I’m a sucker for those darn Pineapple suckers! They simply take their own sweet time to reproduce. The experts are right ~ 24 months at least.

My Pineapple saga began in 2014 when I got my hands on a locally grown fruit that was extra juicy and super sweet. I saved the sucker & during the next few days got me a few more so that I could make pineapple jam and try pineapple growing. It’s been a long, patience-testing, trial & error period.
Heck, I’ve even gone so far as to put apples on a few & covered them with garbage bags! Did I feel like an idiot? Yes. Did that work? I don’t know.

Winter is almost over, another cool spell will be with us in a couple of days, hopefully the last one BUT! there is evidence that we will get a couple of (hopefully) super sweet pineapples this summer.

Pineapple flower

Pineapple flower

a mini pineapple forming

a mini pineapple forming

So, I’m prepared to cover them with blankets and hug these darlings to keep them warm if I need to.
Oh, what joy!