Sweeeeeet!

Another gardening first for me.

We’ve harvested our first pineapple. It’s not very big, but then it has been the beneficiary of total neglect, scant water, altogether too much sunshine, a fair bit of humidity, and the gentle attentions of the dog: booping it with his nose (big mistake, ouch, prickly!), brushing past it rudely and coming perilously close to actually peeing on it.

It smells divine. The sort of fresh, tangy, sweet, intoxicating smell you will never, ever get from a shop-bought fruit that has been harvested at a time not necessarily its peak, travelled, been stored in a cold room and then lain around in the shop for a week or two.

So, well, it’s at the peak of ripe perfection right now, and needs eating right now. I’m thinking with Greek yoghurt on muesli. The Husband is in favour of grilled, on a ham steak, with perhaps a fried egg on the side. Well, he’s a bloke, what do you expect?

Either way, I shall be keeping the top and sticking it first in a pot and then in the ground to root and start its own pineapple plant. Remember the tiny baby pineapple flower I showed you months ago? This is the final fruit.

Baby pineapple

From 3cm across in the photo on the left to the full sized ripe fruit above. The old plant has fruited and will eventually die back, never to fruit again. The leafy top is the way to get it all going again.

More delicious tangy sweetness, one day.

52 thoughts on “Sweeeeeet!

  1. Yum. The supermarket pineapple offerings have been more than ordinary this year. The pineapple top in our garden needs more of something before it will produce anything delectable as this. However you consume it, enjoy 😍

    • katechiconi says:

      Maybe just a bit of nice home made compost? They like nitrogen, iron and not too much lime, and they definitely need to be in free draining soil. Ours are in a raised bed.

  2. oh wow, I’m envious – never in my part of the world, after the snow we are getting endless rain. Enjoy!

  3. Oh how wonderful… nothing better than fresh home grown fruit . Love pineapples 🍍

  4. gwenniesgardenworld says:

    Nothing tastes better than fruit ripened on it’s plant or tree. Most fruit we get here wasn’t ripe when harvested, isn’t ripe when we buy it and sometimes not even when we eat it. Enjoy your pineapple !!

  5. Oh my heavens I’d completely forgotten – sometime back in the 70’s when I lived up north I grew a pineapple tree from a pineapple top – it only ever had one fruit, which wasn’t particularly tasty, but I was so proud πŸ™‚ We sold the house and moved on – now I’m wondering what happened to it….. Enjoy your lovely fresh fruit. I’m told dogs like the kernel. I bought a pineapple especially so Siddy could try the kernel as he doesn’t like carrots, which I was also told dogs love as treats – He’s a no on both. Apparently he doesn’t do veges unless they are well mixed in with his meat……

    • katechiconi says:

      Pineapple plants only ever produce one fruit, and then they either die or get a bit straggly and tragic, so I don’t suppose your plant from the 70s is still around. I’m not even going to try pineapple on Mouse; it’s full of sugar and his digestion is already quite, um, speedy, shall we say. Besides, I don’t think the Husband and I will have any trouble polishing it off ourselves!

  6. There is nothing sweeter than fresh grown pineapple. I’m so envious. We ate so much when I lived in Taiwan that often my mouth was raw. I had no control. It was sooo good. Now my mouth is watering. I’m glad it survived your weather.

    • katechiconi says:

      I think if I can hold back a couple of pieces, we might have them barbecued with grilled pork chops tomorrow for dinner. Grilled pineapple is fabulous. I know what you mean about lack of control, but with seasonal foods you have to eat them when they’re in season, or miss out.

  7. Aw!! That is fantastic!! I remember eating pineapple in Hawaii and couldn’t believe the difference in the flavor. Ripened on the vine is so much better. You go girl!!❀️❀️

  8. Steph says:

    Beautiful! I wonder if a potted plant would grow a decent fruit? Must Google…

    • katechiconi says:

      I think it probably would. They used to grow pineapples in glasshouses in the UK back in the 18th and 19th century – it was a real status symbol. If you have a warm spot out of the frost where it can spend the winter, and a big enough pot with good sharp drainage, it should work.

    • kathyreeves says:

      We have six pineapple plants growing in pots, and yes, they will fruit, even in South Dakota!

      • katechiconi says:

        Pineapples are basically just bromeliads and wherever you can grow the decorative ones, you can grow the fruiting ones. They don’t like wet feet, so I can well believe South Dakota suits them!

  9. nanacathy2 says:

    My mouth is watering…………………….

  10. Plucking a pineapple you grew in your own yard? Now THAT is living in paradise.

    • katechiconi says:

      Yes, it makes the enormous bugs, man-eating mosquitos, flooding, cyclones, monstrous humidity and inability to grow apples, peaches, rhubarb, cherries and beans all worthwhile πŸ™‚ Seriously.

  11. Sharon says:

    wow – I have only had a pineapple from a store…your pineapple sounds heavenly πŸ™‚

  12. And I’ll bet your prickly gem will be full of tartness as well as sweetness. The ones in the stores are all about being ‘super sweet’ to the exclusion of everything else. It used to be at least a choice between ‘super sweet’ or lovely aromatic specimens simply categorized as Hawaiian pineapples…but then I’m a foodie with a snobby palate…
    Savor the flavor!
    πŸ™‚

    • katechiconi says:

      They do grow the super-sweets here, but for other markets. The locals favour something a bit more tart and zingy. Same with the mangoes. A fresh Bowen mango is a very superior beast compared with the rather bland offerings you get in overseas supermarkets. It’s the old argument: eat food in its proper season and in its growing area and it will be better tasting and more nutritious. The food mileage on this pineapple was about…. 5 yards.

      • I guess I’d be known as an ‘outsider with a local palate’. HA! I can just taste that zing in my mind’s imagination…funny how it gets those salivary glands going. As for mangoes, just getting something UN-mealy is tricky, leave out better tasting profiles.
        Enjoy your 5 yards!

  13. Dayphoto says:

    Look at you an outstanding gardener onto everything else you do! WOW

  14. I envy you being able to grow tropical fruit – a small but perfectly formed compensation for the worry about bushfires. Enjoy it and look forward to the next one.

  15. Emmely says:

    Oeh, nice!!! Just a tiny bit jealous right now…..

  16. Susan Nixon says:

    That is a beautiful pineapple! I read your reply to Emmely, and I had never thought about certain fruits not growing there. The ones you mentioned – because it doesn’t get cold enough? I know several of them have to have a cold spell to fruit right. I bet citrus does okay, though. It grows wonderfully in the deserts of Arizona, so it must be good in Australia and New Zealand, I think.

    • katechiconi says:

      You’re right, both pome (apples and pears, etc) and stone fruits need winter chill down. They don’t read our warmer temperatures as the winter and spring they need. And yes, citrus does really well in Australia, perhaps a little better in temperate and sub-tropical areas where they don’t get the mould-based pests so much.

  17. tialys says:

    I can only imagine how much tastier that will be than the shop bought ones here which, if you’re lucky, at least won’t have gone brown in the middle. Same with mangoes which, having eaten fresh ones in Africa, usually just disappoint now as they are usually rubbery at best or rock hard at worst.
    Talking of exotic fruit, I was reading a ‘what we’ll be eating in 2020’ article yesterday and one of the things featured was banana blossom which apparently makes good ‘faux fish fingers’ πŸ€”

    • katechiconi says:

      Having just finished eating it (half grilled on pork steaks, half with bananas and cream), I can tell you that it’s head and shoulders above what even we buy in the shops, and we’re in a pineapple growing area. I’ve found that most rock-hard, unripened fruit straight out of cold storage can be at least improved by keeping them with a couple of bananas for up to a week. It works for avocados, stone fruit and mangoes in my experience.
      I think I’d rather keep my banana blossoms to become bananas. If I can’t have proper fish, I’ll do without…

  18. Joanne S says:

    Fresh grown fruit will always win out. Congrats on your success. πŸ™‚

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