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Pineapples: Hospitable Fruit

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

King Charles II Posing with Pineapple

History of the Pineapple

The pineapple – tough on the outside, terrifically delicious on the inside. We all know how wonderful pineapples taste, but do you know the history behind this fancy fruit?

It has long been understood that Christopher Columbus made the first European connection with the pineapple plant. At that time, fresh fruit was a rare commodity (exotic fruit doubly so) and the pineapple quickly became a celebrity of royal gourmet and horticulturists.

Coveted Fruit

For many years, the pineapple continued to remain a coveted commodity that was cherished for its rarity. To aid in their access to this rare fruit, the Europeans tried to produce their own pineapple plants. Unfortunately, due to the harsh seasons, their efforts were mostly fruitless. Because of the difficulty in cultivating pineapples, the ability to obtain one continued to be viewed as a significant symbol of prosperity and royalty. In fact, it was so uncommon to have possession of a pineapple that King Charles II himself posed for a portrait that truly attests to his royal status: receiving a pineapple as a gift. A royal gift, indeed.

Pineapple Centerpiece Finial

Pineapple Flameless Candle

Pineapples as Celebrities

Across the sea in Colonial America, the pineapple was brought home by sailors returning to New England from far away ports. A fresh pineapple proudly displayed on the porch was a symbol that the home was ready to welcome visitors once again. It is no surprise that this imagery of hospitality is still in use today. Take a look around and you will easily find pineapples in architectural design, on welcome signs, in home decorating, and as a crowning piece to large displays of food.

Pineapple Vine Chair Pad
Pineapple Salt and Pepper Shakers Iconic Hawaiian Fruit

Pineapple cultivation first began in Hawaii around the late 19th century, where the pineapple industry began to grow and export throughout the world. However, the pineapple actually originated in South America, and, against popular belief, is not the official state fruit of Hawaii.

Encourage a welcoming atmosphere in any room of your home with pineapple accents. And don’t forget to tell your guests all about the history of the pineapple as you enjoy some of the fruit yourselves!

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Bring Tradition & Hospitality to the Home – Pineapple Decor at SYW

Monday, January 7th, 2013

The pineapple has long been considered a symbol of welcome and hospitality. The concept of hospitality – a warmth, charm and style with which guests are taken into the home, was a central element of the early American society’s daily emotional life. The colonies were a land of small towns and settlements, where homes served as the hubs of most community activity. Visiting was the primary means of entertainment, cultural interaction, and news circulation. If you are looking for a decorative motif that whispers “island hospitality,” then look no further than Sturbridge Yankee Workshop.

At Sturbridge we are proud to have such a wide variety of pineapple themed decor, so that you too can have an inviting reception to your home. This decorative fruit symbolizes a centuries-old tradition of elegance and gracious generosity. According to legend, the symbol began with the sea captains of New England who would spear a pineapple on a fence post outside their home; in order to let the community know of their safe return home, as well as invite friends to visit and share in their good stories and fortunes.

Pictured here to the left is our new Pineapple Table Runner. Easily create a pineapple themed kitchen or dining area with this beautifully crafted, black wool felt runner. Featuring golden pineapples, detailed with embroidery and green leaves, the pineapples are primitive in nature as they resemble handmade textile patterns of yesteryear. Add our Pineapple Tabletop Votive to the table as well, for a tropical inspired centerpiece.

Speaking of the tropical pineapple, pineapple cultivation first began in Hawaii around the late 19th century. This is when and where the pineapple industry first began to really grow and export throughout the world. However, the pineapple actually originated in South America, and much to popular belief is not the official state fruit of Hawaii.

Boasting a true island flare, is none other than our Pineapple Night Light, shown here to the left. Crafted of bonded marble that has been hand painted, it’s a functional accent that brings warm lighting to a bedroom, kitchen or bathroom of your home. You might also consider our Colonial Pineapple Finial to add the pineapple decorating motif to any table or floor lamp.

While fruits in general (fresh, dried, candied, and jellied) were the major attractions of the colonial community’s appetite and dining practices, the pineapple was the true celebrity. Its rarity, expense, reputation and striking visual attractiveness made it the ultimate exotic fruit. It was the pineapple that came to literally crown the most important feasts; often held aloft on special pedestals as the pinnacle of the table’s central food mound. In this manner, the fruit which was the visual keystone of the feast, naturally came to symbolize the high spirits of the social events themselves. Celebrate the hospitable nature of this fruit in your home by using it to decorate any room.

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