Although here at Top Banana we have our own favourite yellow fruit, we thought it would be a nice thing to give a bit of our limelight to another one: The Pineapple!. It's been considered the princess of fruits. A pineapple symbolizes hospitality, friendliness and warmth.
In History we find many Universally spread traditions:
When you gave the fruit to someone, it means that you are showing all these feeling of hospitality and friendship to them. When you gift a pineapple to someone, it means that you want to promote friendliness and graciousness through it.
Early explorers to the West Indies & Americas learned that a pineapple placed at the entrance of a village meant all were welcome. This tradition continued with those who settled in the new land. Sailors would hang the fruit on their home’s door to signal their return from a voyage.
Soon, the iconic pineapple began to show up in popular culture, art, and even in architecture. In the southern states of America Guests were accustomed to sleeping in beds whose headboards & posts were adorned with pineapple carvings. A guest in a Southerner’s home knows they’ve overstayed their welcome, it’s said, when the pineapple posts are removed.
Come on in and scout around and find the many different pineapple related items In Top Banana.....from carved wooden ones to ceramic terrines and Mrs Beeton's recipes in our book room.