• Julie Manquen

Pineapples | The Symbolism and Why They are Special to Me

Pineapples have held a special place in my heart for many years now and most people don't know the reason behind it. I know they have become a fad over the past year or two. I see pineapple everything in the stores! My love for them started way back in 2010 when I took my first trip to Hawaii with my sister Chrissy. We toured a pineapple plantation, and you almost always get pineapple with every meal while you are there. It is SO good because it is so fresh! I got my first silver pineapple necklace while we were there. This trip holds a special place in my heart because my sister, Chrissy passed away 2-years ago unexpectedly. Ever since that trip, I have had a special place in my heart for pineapples and even more now.

My sister- Chrissy and I on our 1st trip to Hawaii

Southern Meaning

The pineapple is a symbol of hospitality in the south. They are considered an expression of "Welcome." When you have them in your home, they signal friendship, hospitality, and warmth. What is not to love about that! I have several pineapples scattered throughout our home. I am not a knick-knack person, so I don't keep lots of them everywhere in our house, but I do have quite a few strategically placed throughout. My step-daughters were visiting recently, and they tried to count them, and I don't remember what they got up too! Lol! Below are a few examples of my pineapples that I have incorporated into our home. I will link them also in case you would like to check them out! As always, I am an affiliate for some of them so, that means if you make a purchase, I may make a small commission at no additional cost to you.

Charleston has a beautiful Pineapple Fountain on the waterfront. If you ever come to visit, it is a must-see! That is the fountain that is on my main page; I just love it! The city has many pineapples placed throughout, everywhere you look! I guess it makes sense how I ended up here. Charleston prides itself on its southern charm and hospitality, and the pineapple is a sign of this.

Charleston Waterfront Park

Pineapples and Hawaii

My husband and I got married in Maui, and my love for Hawaii and pineapples continued after that. We toured another pineapple plantation while we were there. The pineapple is an amazing fruit! Did you know that it takes YEARS for one pineapple to grow? Pineapples are not native to Hawaii, and their origin is South America. They were started to be grown in the 1900s in Hawaii and have been ever since. The climate is perfect for them.

Pineapples are not a pine nor an apple; it is a fruit consisting of many berries. It is considered a berry. Can you believe that?!

My husband and I brought back pineapples from our last trip to Hawaii and have been growing a pineapple ever since. We just started the process to help it flower. We might have an edible pineapple in about another year! I will link how to grow a pineapple at home here. Anyone can do it, and it is pretty neat! We kept the crown of our pineapple we brought back from Hawaii and have been growing it ever since!

Grow your own pineapple!
Our pineapple from Hawaii that has been growing

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