Pineapple and Unexpected Ways to Use It

By Lindsay-Jean Hard

The pineapple is a familiar symbol of hospitality; a popular myth links the origin of this connection with Colonial America, when sailors would return from voyages to the Caribbean Islands with pineapples. Allegedly they would display a fresh pineapple outside of their house as a signal that the sailor was home and ready to welcome visitors. The truth of this charming story is debatable, but luckily they're just as popular with guests nowadays -- and you're almost guaranteed to have an easier time procuring one than a New England sea captain.

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