PINEAPPLE, A SYMBOL
The pineapple has been a universal symbol of hospitality the world over for centuries. Its warm, inviting look about it conveys "welcome."
Christopher Columbus and his men were first introduced to the pineapple as a symbol of hospitality when they reached Guadeloupe on their second voyage of discovery. They brought the succulent fruit back to Europe in 1493, and the symbolism spread to Europe and then to Colonial North America.
Along the way, colonists began carving pineapple shapes into the entrance columns of their plantations. And families often used pineapples as colorful table centerpieces to signify the utmost in hospitality to visitors.
Even today, pineapples remain a sign of welcome and warmth and are commonly placed at home entrances.
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