On this 🍍International Pineapple Day 🍍we thought we’d take a look at the history of the pineapple and its link to hospitality, given it’s something so near & dear to our hearts here at Ananas.

The humble pineapple (or Ananas as it is known in nearly every other language, except English) is today a common symbol of welcome and generosity. It has a fascinating story intertwined with history, royalty, and the art of hosting. While many are familiar with its status as a symbol of hospitality, few know the rich narrative that brought the pineapple to such esteemed regard.

The Pineapple, or Ananas, as it is known most other languages, other than English

The saga begins in 1493, during Christopher Columbus’s second voyage across the Atlantic. Amidst the exploration of the Caribbean, Columbus and his crew encountered an array of exotic fruits and vegetables, but one, in particular, caught their attention. With its spiky exterior resembling a pinecone and a sweet, apple-like interior, the pineapple was unlike anything they had experienced. Eager to share this discovery, they brought the pineapple back to Europe, where it quickly became a sensation among the aristocracy.

Cultivating pineapples in Europe proved to be an arduous task, taking nearly two centuries to perfect the hothouse conditions necessary for their growth. This challenge only added to the pineapple’s allure, solidifying its reputation as a luxury item that symbolised wealth and royal privilege. King Charles II of England’s choice to be depicted receiving a pineapple in a portrait underscored its status as a prized possession.

The rarity of pineapples in Europe meant that hosting an event where the pineapple was featured, either as a decoration or within the meal, signified the utmost effort and respect towards one’s guests. This tradition ingrained the pineapple as a symbol of exceptional hospitality and graciousness, a notion that transcends its original status as an exotic delicacy.

Hosting an event featuring pineapples, signified hospitality and respect towards one’s guests

Today, while pineapples are much more accessible, the essence of their symbolism remains. They continue to represent a warm welcome, selfless hosting, and the effort put into making guests feel honoured. This enduring symbol of hospitality reminds us of the journey from its roots as an exclusive commodity of the elite to a universal emblem of welcome and generosity.

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So, the next time you see a pineapple, whether as a motif in a hotel lobby, adorning a dining table, or part of a dish, remember the centuries of history and tradition that have designated the pineapple as the ultimate representation of hospitality. And who knows? Inspired by this story, you might just find yourself reaching for a pineapple on your next grocery trip, ready to continue the legacy of generous hosting. 🍍

And therein lies the link between the Ananas name and our logo … we’re all about hospitality, providing good service and excellence, so contact us at hello@ananasacademy.com to learn how ANANAS can help you manage, onboard, upskill and elevate your hospitality team.