So what does an apple have to do with a pineapple? I started thinking about it when someone asked me to make pineapple ice cream. I wasn’t in a hurry to fulfill that request because I didn’t have a recipe for it. Then I found pineapple-flavored cotton candy and it reminded me of sweet pineapple ice cream, which was odd because I never eat cotton candy or pineapple ice cream! But soon I found myself in the middle of trying to create a recipe and after a few small test batches, I started to think about the apple part of the pineapple name. (Click here to jump ahead to the Pineapple Ice Cream recipe.)
I realized that I have always just accepted the “pineapple” name. The “pine” part makes sense because pineapples resemble pinecones. But in no way do pineapples remind me of apples. So I read a little about the origins of the name.
And I found an interesting fact: Pinecones, in the 14th century, were first called pineapples. It seems that the word “apple” was used by medieval botanists to refer to any foreign “fruit” on a tree. But eventually, pinecones were determined not to be a fruit and so the sweet pineapple we eat got the name. But then there was another little twist in naming pineapples.
Before pineapples were called pineapples, they were called ananas and are still called that in many places in the world today. And although ananas is bananas without the B, the fruits aren’t related to each other. Well, this is all according to Merriam-Webster. But all this leaves me wondering how bananas got their name!