Pineapple is believed to have received them from the Caribbean islands of Spanish shipwrecks. The fruit is believed to have been washed ashore that the ship met a terrible fate devastating storm, or other hazards at sea. The Spanish explorers knew that eating pineapple helped prevent scurvy, a disease caused by vitamin C deficiency, so they brought pineapples, when possible.
As the pineapple has been making its way into Anglo-American culture, Captain Richard Ligon boarded the ship bound for the Caribbean's Achilles London. In 1657 he published an account of his travels, including a history of the island of Barbados. He devoted three pages to the pineapple. Newspapers of the time mentions the gifts of pineapples to the king.
The unusual appearance and sweetness of pineapple and its relationship to fertility and agriculture has been a popular delicacy in colonial America. When it was served to the guests, they were obviously flattered by the honor, and therefore may have evolved the idea that the pineapple was considered a sign of the highest form of hospitality.
Pineapple also went on to become a recognized symbol of hospitality. Houses and public buildings often sported decorative pineapple plants that had been carved into the wood, stencils, and fabrics on the furniture, etc.
Today, the pineapple plantations are still in the main Hawaiian islands of Maui and Oahu, respectively.
If you live in a hot enough, you can develop your own pineapple plant. To do this, simply remove the crown of gently turning a fresh pineapple. Remove the bottom leaves, crown and let it dry for several days. Then the crown can be planted in a sunny spot, about two inches down on the ground. When plants are becoming a year, begin to bloom. The flowers are pink and small and look like a pineapple. You must be patient, but because it takes a year and a half for the plant to produce a pineapple.