European explorers named a tropical fruit grown in the Americas pineapple because it resembles the reproductive organ of conifer trees that we know now as a pine cone, but back then was called a pine apple. Any similarity between the two ends with names and appearance, as the sweet fruit is consumed fresh, cooked, juiced, and preserved—which we would never do with pine cones!
The plant usually produces up to 200 flowers, as seen in the red structure on today’s mural. The individual fruits of the flowers join together to create what we recognize as a pineapple.
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