Pineapple (Ananas comosus)
Location: Kohala Coast, Big Island, Hawaii
We have a number of pineapple plants scattered here and there around our garden. Each is in a different stage of growth. It takes nearly two years to grow a pineapple from planting to picking. Pineapples grown on commercial plantations usually are picked when they are still green, like the one in this photo. They continue to ripen some during the time it takes to ship and distribute them, but they are never as sweet and juicy as the ones from our garden. We let our pineapples stay on the plant until they are completely ripe -- a nice golden color, with juice starting to ooze -- then we pick them and eat them right away!