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What are the health benefits of pineapples? Why are there pineapples in Okinawa? Learn about pineapples and you'll love them more.

Knowledge 1 History of pineapple


When Pineapple was discovered in the New Continent in 1492, it was already spread to Central America and the West Indies. After the discovery of the New Continent, it was widely introduced to the world. It was distributed to various parts of Africa, India, and the Nanyang Islands in the 16th century. By the 17th century, it was grown in the greenhouse owned by the European nobilities and it became widely cultivated in the tropical and subtropical regions within the north-south latitude of 30 degrees in the 18th century.

​ ​Knowledge 2​ ​ Pineapple brought into Okinawa​ ​

14世紀から16世紀、琉球王国は大交易時代。西の明(中国)、東南アジアのルソン(フィリピン)、シャム(タイ)、マラッカ(マレーシア)との貿易が盛んに行なわれていました。その頃伝わった代表的な物が泡盛です。
そのだいぶ後に、パイナップルがくるのですが、1866年石垣島沖で座礁したオランダ船から、川平湾に漂着したパイナップルの苗が、沖縄に伝来した最初とされています。

​ ​Knowledge 3​ ​ History of pineapple cultivation in Okinawa​ ​

The pineapple seedlings from the stranded Dutch ship in Kawahira Bay spreaded around off the Ishigakijima Island in 1866. This is said to be the first time pineapples were brought into Okinawa. In 1888 on the Okinawa main island, the imported pineapples from Ogasawara was spread around Kunigami-gun. By 1927, the current main cultivar "Smooth Cayenne" was introduced in Izumi, Motobucho.

​ ​Knowledge 4​ ​ Is pineapple good for your body?

It is said that pineapples contains a good amount of vitamin B1, and the synergistic effects with vitamin B2, C, citric acid etc., promotes the breakdown of carbohydrates and promotes metabolism. Furthermore, it is effective for fatigue recovery, summer heat, anti-aging as well as helping digestion after eating meat by the effect of proteinase called bromelain.

​ ​Knowledge 5​ ​ ​ ​Origin of the name of "pineapple"​ ​

There is a theory that says the shape resembling a pinecone, together with its sweetness like an apple, the two words were combined to make the word "pineapple".

​ ​Knowledge 6​ ​ How to distinguish the delicious pineapple

First of all, check for its weight. The ones that feel heavy and the ones with plumpy bottom part is said to be better. Another thing is its "appearance". It is said that the ones that have overall rounded shape, have glossy texture, and have vibrant green leaves are the delicious ones.

This is also pineapple? !

パイナップルの種類は全部で約2,000種類!その中でも食べられるパイナップルはたったの106種類なんです。 パイナップルパークには、約120種類のパイナップルがあります。パーク内を探検して、いろんなパイナップルを探してみよう!

Miniature Pineapple

Miniature Pineapple

A very small, palm-sized ornamental pineapple.

Flower Pine

Flower Pine

Pineapple with a marvellous red color. It looks delicious just like the miniature pineapple, but you cannot eat them.

Vriesea

Vriesea

It is also known as "parrot bromeliads" because its color combination resembles a parrot.

Bromeliad

Bromeliad

They are taller than 2m and yellow flowers bloom on the tip.

Neoregulia

Neoregulia

Unline the usual pointy and fancy-looking leaves, these type have cute flowers in the center of leaves.

Aechmea

Aechmea

There are about 200 species of Aechmeas, and they come in a variety of interesting shapes and iconic flowers with beautiful colors.