Pineapple - Almost Ready to Eat

Pineapple (Ananas comosus)

Pineapple (Ananas comosus)
Location: Kohala Coast, Big Island, Hawaii

I've been recording the progress of this pineapple's growth here for months, from the time it was about the size of a pine cone.  By mid-January, the pineapple had doubled in size, and then it began to grow its beautiful crown.

The pineapple is plump and heavy now -- so heavy that its weight tipped it over nearly parallel to the ground a few days ago, although it is still firmly attached to the plant.   Its crown is enormous, and the fruit is taking on a golden sun-drenched hue.  Finally, it is almost ready to pick and eat.


Maria said...

So interesting to see the pinapple when it grows before I EAT it :)
Thanks for thepost! BTW, I adore your white hibiscus picture. It's outstanding!

BNS said...

Thank you, Maria. Glad you liked the pineapple series. Thank you as well for the kind words about the white hibiscus picture. I appreciate it.


kml said...

It almost looks like a crown on top of a crown - and the color is getting almost perfect for eating. It must smell heavenly!

antigoni said...

I would like a piece of it. I like pineapple a lot.
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Barbara Martin said...

My uncle, who used to live in Honolulu, showed me how to determine when the pineapple was ripe. The store bought ones here just aren't the same.

Becky said...

Gorgeous Bobbie. I can almost smell it!

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Last week I was grocery shopping and saw a rack of those in the store for sale - pineapple plants with itty bitty pine-cone sized pineapples on them. They were so cute!

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BNS said...

@ Kathy (kml) - You have a good eye! This pineapple actually did grown a sort of crown on top of a crown.

@ Antigoni - Thank you very much for the award. That's very kind of you. I'm glad to know you like my photos so well.

@ Barbara - So true. No store-bought pineapple is as juicy and sweet as one that is left on the plant until just the right moment of ripeness.

@ Becky - :-D

@ Tink - If you have a place to put it -- in a yard, or even in a large pot on a deck or balcony - you might want to buy one of those little pineapple plants. They are slow-growing, but they're quite an attractive plant -- and then you get to eat the fruit!


Anonymous said...

It's been fun watching the progress of this pineapple. I'm hoping you'll show it when it's ripe and ready so I'll know how to pick on at the market. :-)