Top of The Crops - Pineapple

The local Indians used pineapple as a meat tenderiser just as we use on Gammon – except of course these tribes were cannibals – this says a lot about human flesh?
The juice of pineapple is flesh eating and pineapple pickers do not have any finger prints! I could think of some who would think of that as a great advantage!!
Pineapples only fruit every three years so quite an investment.

 

Planting:

Usually the plants are grown from the green tops of pineapple fruit which must be fresh.
Pull the lower leaves away to expose a wrapping of white roots around the stem.
Suspend the top so the roots at the base are just touching water and they will start to grow.
Pot into small pots of soil based compost.
As plant grows keep potting into next size of pot.
Temperature needs to be minimum 20 degrees with 70 per cent humidity.
Pineapples are very sensitive to draughts and intense sunlight.

Harvesting

Each plant produces a single fruit – remember only after three years!

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