What am I?
I am a tropical fruit that is known for my spiky exterior and juicy, golden flesh inside. I have a sweet and tangy flavor that many people enjoy, and I'm often used in both sweet and savory dishes.
My name can be traced back to the 1493, when I was discovered in the islands south of Florida by famous Spanish explorers.
Can you guess what I am?
Where I grow
I grow best in tropical and warm climates, like Costa Rica, Brazil, and Hawaii. I need lots of sunshine and a warm climate to grow and thrive.
I don't grow from a seed. Instead, the top of the fruit is cut off and put back into the ground.
You might be surprised to know I grow out of the ground from a plant that has long spiky leaves. In the center, you'll find my fruit. When I'm starting to grow, multiple berries fuse together to make the fruit you'll eat.
After I'm picked
It can take about 3 years until my plant fully grows my fruit and I'm ready to pick. I don't ripen after I'm picked, so you should eat me right away! If you are saving me for a special occasion, set me in the fridge until you're ready to eat. Then cut off the scales on my skin and the hard core of my fruit.
I can be eaten fresh, added to fruit salads, used in smoothies, or even grilled for a delicious tropical twist.
Did you guess... Pineapple
Good job! Pineapple is delicious raw, in smoothies, and even cooked! Have you had a fresh pineapple?
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