Aug 12, 2009, 1:01 PM
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We harvested and ate our first home grown pineapple about a month ago, it was delicious, but nothing special, just a typical pineapple. My suegra bought it from our gardener, I don't know where he got it, here in Cuernavaca. It was in a pot, and had one small pineapple growing on it when we got it. We left it in the pot and just watered and fertilized it once in a while.
I told one of my daughters about it a few months ago and she told me she had been on a tour of a Dole pineapple plant, or plantation in Hawaii a few years ago. The guide from Dole told the people on the tour that a pineapple plant only produces one pineapple, and it takes several years for it to mature.
I know nothing about pineapple cultivation, but it did take 8 or 9 months for our first one to grow from the size of a small pear to the normal size. When we harvested it, we saw that two more pineapples about the size of a small pear were growing on the same plant. Maybe we have some kind of a hybrid, or we are just lucky.
I had planned to try to find, and buy some more plants, but the one we did eat was nothing special. It was good, but not outstanding. We will keep the one plant we have for the novelty of it, but we will probably continue to buy our fresh azucar piñas (sugar pineapples) at Mega here.
Everybody that saw our pineapple in our patio wanted us to cut it off and give it to them, they don't know how long it takes to grow one of the darn things.
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