Fresh Pineapple (Ananas sativus)

Native to the Americas, the pineapple (Ananas sativus) was known to the indigenous people, and is thought to have been spread by the Indians to the West Indies before the arrival of explorers and colonists.

Resembling a yucca, the plant produces succulent, spiky leaves, closely spaced in a rosette on a thick and fleshy stem. The clusters of light purple flowers become fleshy and fuse together to form the pineapple fruit.

Along with vitamins and fruit acids, pi