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Why pineapple is the symbol of hospitality?

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2009-08-13 00:12:28

The pineapple made its way to America through importing methods

from the Caribbean in the seventeen hundreds. Since it is rare and

has unique characteristics, it was soon the symbol for hospitality

in early America. But the problem was getting the pineapple to

other places because the only trade routes were by ship. When the

ship arrived it was considered to be a great achievement to arrive

with a pineapple. Another story tells that New England ship

captains would return from their journeys and would put a pineapple

around peoples houses as a symbol of a safe return. The pineapple

has such a unique style to it that it was often used as the

centerpiece in food banquets. It was also used as for decorating

for arriving guests through 18th and 19th centuries. The pineapple

still remains the symbol of hospitality today. It just has that

warm welcoming sense to it that says you are welcome to come in. I

believe the story when families had dinner they would place the

pineapple in the center of the table and invite neighbors to come

eat with them. When the neighbors would walk in and they would see

the pineapple in the center of the table and it just became that

sense of hospitality to them. The other story is when New England

sea captains came back and put pineapples around everyone's houses.

This would then create that sense of safety and security for

hospitality to be based around. The other story is also related to

this story too. It says that when it was imported to America it was

such a hard journey just to get the pineapple to the destination

that when it did arrive it was outstanding that it did.


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