Pineapples grow in tropical climates such as Hawaii, South America, southern and western portions of Africa and southeast Asia. Pineapples originated in South America, where they were first domesticated by the Guarani Indians of northern Paraguay. They began to be imported to other parts of the word in the 16th century.
The word "pineapple" was first recorded in 1398 in reference to pine cones. Europeans started calling the fruit "pineapple" in 1664 because of its resemblance to the pine cone. However, much of the world call the fruit "ananas," which is a Brazilian Tupi word which means "excellent fruit."
It takes a plant 2 years to produce the pineapple fruit, which is actually 100-300 little fruitlets. As of 2014, the majority of the world's pineapples are produced in southeast Asia.