In Colonial times, the Captains of the trade ships,when returning home, could not resist bringingaboard a load of the delicious tropical fruitsgrown in the West Indies. The most exoticof these was the succulent yellow pineapple.
The return trip took many weeks, and perishable fruitsdid not last long. The fruit that did arrive in the colonieswere a prized treat, and it was the mark of true friendshipto be given one. To be invited to share a pineapple impliedthe Warmest Welcome. Therefore, upon returning home from their voyages, the Captains would place a pineapple on their doorstep or fence post to announce their return and to serve as an invitation of welcome and hospitality.
From this simple act of generosity,the pineapple has becomethe symbol of Friendship and Hospitality.
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