Pineapple Plant Overview
Pineapples are an easy to grow, low-maintenance plant that produce beautiful egg-shaped, violet-red to purple flowers. Each plant produces one fruit and the shoot it was borne on dies back or is cut off. Pineapples can be cultivated from a crown cutting of the fruit, which can flower in 2 years and fruits in the following 6 months. The fruits can be eaten fresh, cooked, juiced, or preserved but eating unripe fruit can cause throat irritation and act as a strong purgative. Some people get hives after eating fresh pineapple. Pineapple leaves are used to produce the textile fibre (piña) in the Philippines, and is also used as a component for wallpaper and other furnishings.