Instead of Fine-Dining Friday, we thought we would mix things up a bit and send a “fruity” story your way. In a city of true southern hospitality and charm, everyone know that the pineapple is the ultimate symbol of welcome. Visions and representations of the hospitable symbol can be seen all over Charleston.
But why the pineapple? It’s not a native plant and it doesn’t grow in Charleston, so why is it a global symbol of hospitality.
The legend stems back to the colonial days when Charleston was much more of a shipping city. When a sea captain returned home from a long voyage he would have precious, exotic souvenirs of his voyage. The captain would spear a pineapple on his fence post to let his friends and neighbors know that he had returned safely. The pineapple earned its symbolic meaning because friends would come over for dinner that night to drink and hear the captains adventure tales of piracy, scurvy, and encounters with new lands.
Who knew your favorite fruit had a real adventure tale behind it?
Do you want even more pineapple fun?
Here is a scavenger hunt that you can give your out-of-town guests. It’s a great family fun activity.