There’s no warmer way to add a touch of southern hospitality to your home decor than with the charismatic pineapple. The charming fruit has a wonderfully rich history and symbolic meaning of warmth and friendliness, and in recent times has developed into one of the most popular home decor trends.
The tasty history of the Pineapple
Christopher Columbus was the first to write about the pineapple after being served the sweet and tropical fruit in Guadalupe. He then brought it back to Europe where horticulturists spent almost two centuries trying to figure out how to cultivate it in colder climates.
In colonial America, hostesses would set a pineapple in the middle of their tables when entertaining guests. The pineapple symbolized the warmest welcome a hostess could extend to her guests, as it was so hard to come by and expensive. Colonial grocers even rented pineapples to hostesses who couldn’t afford to buy the fruit but desperately wanted to create a luxurious dining experience. By the 1920’s, the pineapple became a familiar symbolic image of welcome, warmth and affection to all guests and residents inside a home. Pineapples have graced tables ever since, evolving over the years from table decor to upside-down pineapple cakes to the ornamental pieces we see today.
We can’t get enough of the lovely symbolism behind the pineapple, so we’ve put together a list of our favourite ways to incorporate this symbolic fruit into your home decor and get into the Southern Hospitality spirit.