The New Student's Reference Work/Pineapple
Pine′apple, the fruit of Ananas sativa, a member of the Bromelia family. It is native to tropical America, and has become naturalized in the tropical regions of Asia and Africa. The chief regions of “pine-growing,” as it is called, which supply the markets of the United States, are southern Florida and the various West Indian islands, the Isle of Pines being named from this industry. The so-called fruit consists of a fleshy, cone-like flower-cluster, which includes the axis and bracts and flowers of a whole inflorescence. Numerous cultivated forms have been developed.