How the pineapple became a worldwide symbol of hospitality

Now available in every grocery store in every state in both fresh and canned varieties, pineapples were so sought-after in colonial times that people would actually rent them for a day to use as a party decoration.

Yes, at one point in history, the pineapple was literally too expensive to eat. Even today, fake pineapples are seen in centerpieces, while images and carvings of the fruit often appear in historic buildings.

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