ITS–The Pineapple (Ananas comosus) is a wide spread tropical fruit. It originated in the tropical areas of South America. The Pineapple belongs to the Bromeliaceae family. The plant is a biennial or perennial herb. It grows 50 to 150 centimetres high, but generally it is 1 meter tall with many spiral leaves around the stalk. The edge of the pineapple’s sword-shape leaf is spiny. In the 16th century the Spaniards first brought this plant to the Philippines and to the regions around South East Asia, including Indonesia. From that time on, the pineapple has spread throughout the tropical countries all over the world.
Today, canned pineapple can easily be found in supermarkets around the world. The fruit is now one of the most popular and universal fruits of the world. Tropical countries such as Indonesia, Thailand, The Philippines, Malaysia, Brazil, Hawaii, and Mexico have widely cultivated this fruit for their canning industries. In Indonesia pineapple can be found everywhere. Today this plant has many cultivated varieties. One of the most famous varieties in Indonesia is called nanas palembang, or the Palembang pineapple. This variety is large and tastes very sweet.