This image is perfect anywhere you want to welcome your guests. Kitchen, dining room, entryway or receiving room, livingroom, front lanai or porch (I have a collector that did this), restaurant, or office. It looks like a studio shot but is actually shot using all natural light outside on my back lanai with just a simple black backdrop.
Did you know that the pineapple has been a symbol of hospitality since the American colony times?
Here's a quote from southernkitchen.com "Shaped like a giant pinecone with a voluminous crown, the pineapple immediately commands attention. While it once represented unreachable wealth, the fruit now represents warm welcomes, celebration and hospitality, especially in the South. ... It was the ultimate symbol of wealth and was christened the “King of Fruit”" I had never heard the "King of Fruit" bit before writing this description. So I guess I appropriately titled this image (she says while giving herself a pat on the back).
This beautiful specimen is what we call a "white pineapple" because the flesh inside is white to very pale yellow, unlike the usual varieties of yellow flesh pineapples. We grow this variety in our very small yard. We usually harvest around 20 per year. They are sweeter and less acidic than their yellow cousins. Their crowns have beautiful pink highlights and when you cut off the crown and stick it in a little dirt, you get a beautiful green & pink broad leaf pineapple plant. It takes 2 years for the plant to bear fruit and once it does, it won't produce again and has to be pulled out. We replace the old plant with either a pineapple crown or, what we call a keiki, which means child in Hawaiian. The keikis grow around the bottom of the pineapple fruit and can be twisted off easily once you get past getting stuck by the sharp ends. I picked this particular one to photograph because his crown was the most perfect of our crop that year. I like to tell people, with a sly smile, "I grew him, I picked him, I shot him, and then I ate him.". Get it? Shot him with my camera.
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