National Pineapple Day, also known as International Pineapple Day, is observed the first Saturday in June since 2017. In fact that’s when the pineapple craze became mainstream. Pineapples suddenly were everywhere; home decor, fashion trends, emojis in texts, featured in memes, etc.
Why do we love the pineapple so much?
Fat Freddy’s is fond of the pineapple for the traditional reason that came about long ago; the pineapple has served as a symbol of hospitality throughout the history of the Americas. The legend began with the sea captains of New England, who sailed among the Caribbean Islands and returned to the colonies bearing their cargo of fruits, spices and rum. According to the legend, the captain would spear a pineapple on a fence post outside his home to let his friends know of his safe return from sea. The pineapple was an invitation for them to visit, share his food and drink, and listen to tales of his voyage. As the tradition grew, colonial innkeepers added the pineapple to their signs, advertisements and bedposts carved in the shape of a pineapple were a common sight at inns across New England. This legend has continued to the present day; appearing on all sorts of decor from door knockers to quilts – the fruit symbolizes those intangible assets we appreciate in a home: warmth, welcome, friendship and hospitality.
Why has the pineapple become so popular in today’s pop culture?
The pineapple is the universal symbol for hospitality. A pineapple says to your friends, “Welcome. We’re glad you’re here. Stay awhile. And it says all this without saying a word, because pineapples can’t talk.
Lately, we’ve been hearing a lot about the fight over whether pineapple belongs on pizza, but we’re calling bunk on that battle. It’s not whether pineapple belongs on pizza, it’s about whether pizza belongs under pineapple. We’re not taking an official position on that one because pineapples are what dreams taste like, which is why anyone who gets one from you will instantly become your best friend for life. Try it.
Look around. You see pineapples on couches and pillowcases and purses; in doorways and serving trays, in TV shows and movies. Know why? Because it’s easy on the eyes. Giving someone a pineapple is going to instantly beautify their life, at least until it rots and has to go into the garbage.
The pineapple is the perfect gift for all your funnest, fun-loving fun friends. It’s the size of a football, so it’s perfect for a chummy game of catch with your boss. Rearrange the letters and see how many words you can find. Fun, right? The juice of the pineapple is also an ingredient in invisible ink. Hello, secret messages!
They’re Good for Your Brain
Utterly true factoid: the spiky scales on the outside of the pineapple follow the pattern of math’s Fibonacci Series. Look it up, and when you give that special someone a pineapple, ask them to explain the Fibonacci Series to you. If they can’t, then explain it to them. That’s a Win.