Christopher Columbus arrived in Guadeloupe in the West Indies on 4 November 1493 during his second voyage to the New World. At a Carib village, he and his sailors encountered pineapple plants and fruit, with the astonishing flavor and fragrance delighting them then and us today. At that time, pineapple was already cultivated on a continent-wide scale following its initial domestication in northern South America, possibly more than 6,000 years before the present1. By the end of the sixteenth century, pineapple had become pantropical. Because of the success of industrial production in Hawaii in the last century, pineapple is now not only a routine part of our diet, but also has captured public imagination and become part of popular culture.


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