Why does the pineapple symbolize hospitality in many cultures?

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It has a long history of being a symbol of hospitality in many cultures. When Christopher Columbus landed on Guadalupe in the Caribbean, the natives there used it in may feasts and religious rites. When brought it back to Europe, its sweetness and uniqueness made it very popular and in great demand. Later King Charles posed with one in his official portrait. In colonial America, it was a table centerpiece for visitor dinners. It was a symbol of the warmest welcome that a hostess could give and was oftentimes served as dessert. Visitors were given the bedrooms that contained beds on which pineapples had been carved. It became a symbol of wealth and affluence, as only the most could afford them. Given as a gift, it was very appreciated. Today it still continues as a symbol of welcome..
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