And is said to originate from the area between Southern Brazil and Paraguay; however, it is important to note that little is known about the origin of the domesticated pineapple (Pickersgill, 1976). M.S. Bertoni (1919) considered the Parana–Paraguay River drainages to be the place of origin of A. comosus. The natives of southern Brazil and Paraguay spread the pineapple throughout South America, and it eventually reached the Caribbean. Columbus discovered it in 1493 in the Indies and brought it back with him to Europe thus making the pineapple the first bromeliad to leave the New World. The Spanish introduced it into the Philippines, Hawaii (introduced in the early 19th century, first commercial plantation 1886), Zimbabwe and Guam. Many say the fruit was first introduced in Hawaii when a Spanish ship brought them there in the 1500s. The fruit was cultivated successfully in European hothouses, and pineapple pits, beginning in 1720.
John Kidwell is credited with the introduction of the pineapple industry in Hawaii. Large-scale pineapple cultivation by U.S. companies began in the early 1900s on Hawaii. Among the most famous and influential pineapple industrialists was James Dole who moved to Hawaii in 1899 and started a pineapple plantation in 1900. The companies Dole and Del Monte began growing pineapple on the island of Oahu in 1901 and 1917, respectively. Dole's pineapple company began with the acquisition of 60 acres (24 ha) of land in 1901, and, as previously mentioned, has grown into a major company today. Maui Pineapple Company began pineapple cultivation on the island of Maui in 1909. In 2006, Del Monte announced its withdrawal from pineapple cultivation in Hawaii, leaving only Dole and Maui Pineapple Company in Hawaii as the USA's largest growers of pineapples. Maui Pineapple Company markets its Maui Gold brand of pineapple and Dole markets its Hawaii Gold brand of pineapple.
This tasty bread perfect for any dinner table, or snacking.
Pineapple Banana Bread
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1 (14 oz.) box quick banana bread mix
1 tablespoon cinnamon
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
3/4 cup water
8 ounces crushed pineapple, drained and reserve juices
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
1 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup confectioners sugar
4 teaspoons pineapple juice
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease standard size bread pan.
In mixing bowl, add quick bread mix and cinnamon, stir. And then, add eggs, vegetable oil, water, crushed pineapple and vanilla extract, mix well. Fold in chopped walnuts. Spoon batter into greased bread pan.
Bake for 45 to 50 minutes. Insert toothpick in center, if the toothpick comes out clean its done. Cool in pan for 10 minutes. Transfer bread to cooling rack.
In small bowl, combine confectioners sugar and 4 teaspoons pineapple juice. Drizzle over cooled bread.Enjoy!