What am I?
My name can be traced back to the 1493, when I was discovered in the islands south of Florida by famous Spanish explorers.
I grow best in tropical and warm climates, like Costa Rica, Brazil, and Hawaii.
Where I grow
You might be surprised to know I grow out of the ground from a plant that has long spikey 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.
I don't grow from a seed. Instead, the top of the fruit is cut off and put back into the ground.
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.
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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