Other Names: Pineapple, Ananas, Nanas, Pina
Native to: Brazil and Paraguay
Fruit: The pineapples, up to 12" long, are what is called a multiple or compound fruit. It is made up of many smaller fruits that have fused together. Make sure the pineapple is ripe before eating - it is poisonous when immature.
Size: The pineapple plant is 2-5' tall.
Hardiness: Zones 9-11. Can be a houseplant in other Zones.
Propagation: Suckers. You can also cut off the top of the pineapple and plant it.
Uses: The fruit is used fresh or in a variety of foods. The pineapple plant and fruit contains bromelain, which can be used as a meat tenderizer. The bromelain is also an anti-inflammatory; eat fresh pineapple before dental work or surgeries to reduce swelling.