Saturday, October 20, 2012

Pineapples Have What?

Seeds on the cutting mat and on the fruit


Am I the last one to know?  Things I get to do today found me in the kitchen preparing a pineapple.  My usual procedure is to slice off the bottom, slice off the top, slice off the sides in strips.  The little brown eyes can be ignored or cut out or munched around or munched up when it is served.  This time the pineapple was different!

Around some of the eyes were flecks of dark brown.  When I scraped to remove the fleck, it got bigger and squirted out an object that looked like a fat, curved flax seed.  No way! The more I scraped, the more seeds I collected. Since when do pineapples have seeds?

Seeds popped out.  One seed with just its tip showing




An on-line investigation showed that pineapples do, indeed, have seeds, that others were as surprised as  I was, and that you can actually sprout the seeds and grow a pineapple plant. Five years to harvest it said.



High germination rate I'm told





You know me.  I'm all over this one.  We are going to grow pineapple (plants)  and I'll keep you posted.  If I'm still blogging in five years, I show you the home-grown fruit.

11 comments:

  1. Lucky you!! None of my pineapples ever had seeds!

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    1. In all the years of slicing them up, this is the first time. I don't do pineapples all the time but at least 3 times a year. That would make well over 100 of them. Never seen a seed before. Most of our pineapple comes from Hawaii. These were from Costa Rica, I believe. I'll save a plant for you!

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  2. In the past week I have learned pineapples do not grow on trees and do have seeds. Close to being an expert.

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    1. Life and love are all about learning. Isn't it grand!

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  3. I will look forward to watching your seed grow! I never really payed much attention enough to look for seed. Good to know. Wishing you luck on your pineapple journey!!

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    1. These little guys are SO prominent you don't have to look for them--if they were there, they could not be missed. When I get a little start going and when it's spring, I'll send you a plant!

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  4. what a delightful gift ... a new adventure for you and all those who now know & are on this journey too! enjoy~

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    1. Happy to share with all of you, m'dear.

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  5. I'm so glad I found this post/blog. I was just cutting up a pineapple we purchased almost 2 weeks ago. It was still firm and smelled sweet so I figured it was fine. When I cut into it and saw these seeds I got nervous. Are these seeds?? They certainly look like seeds! (I was secretly hoping they weren't little invaders). Upon closer inspection, I was sure they were seeds but had never seen a pineapple with seeds before! My kids are going to be so excited to plant them! I just hope they don't ask every day for the next 5 years "are our pineapples ready yet?". :-)

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    1. And I'm happy, too, Susan, that you found out about them. After two months of playing with the sprouted seeds, I, unfortunately gave up the growing process. Can't give you any clarity on the road to success beyond sprouting the seeds. Good luck, m'dear!

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