Pineapples originated in South America in the region of Paraguay and southern Brazil. By the time Columbus discovered the Americas, the fruit had spread northward into Central America. By 1720, pineapples were being grown in greenhouses in Europe.
In modern times, pineapples are still grown in tropical areas, such as Brazil and Paraguay, but they are also commonly grown in Hawaii. Florida and California are also sources for pineapple. Pineapples grow well in greenhouses and can also be grown in a large pot or container instead of being planted directly into the ground.
The pineapple is a tropical fruit, but it also survives in near-tropical areas, so it grows best in warm, moist climates. The plant grows up to 5 feet tall and takes up an area of 4 feet, and each plant typically only produces one fruit at a time. Each fruit usually weighs a maximum of 10 pounds, although it can be heavier, and is roughly 1 foot tall. A single fruit is actually the result of multiple pieces growing together into one cohesive item.
Pineapples are good for arthritis pain and contain high amounts of vitamin C. They are best used when they have been kept for a couple of days at room temperature.