Do you Know the Symbol of Southern Hospitality?

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When it comes to Southern hospitality, most people think of the mannerisms of the South. Very rarely do they think about fruit. Pineapples are the ultimate symbol of Southern hospitality, and if placed at the front door, that’s a great sign. So, how did pineapples become the go-to fruit?

  • In the 1400s there was no sugar cane in Europe, and sweets weren’t affordable. Pineapple was a delicacy people loved.
  • The pineapple was so expensive and such a hot commodity that is was considered a food for kings.
  • Christopher Columbus discovered the pineapple, bringing it back to Europe when he returned from Guadalupe.
  • It took almost 200 years for pineapple to be cultivated in Europe’s greenhouses. In the 1600s, the pineapple was extremely popular.

Right now, pineapple is used to decorate, and it is ingrained into the architecture of buildings, doors, gates and fountains. In fact, the motif is one of the most popular decorating symbols today.

After the revolutionary war, Southern planters saw pineapple as a cash crop and began growing it in customized hot houses. These pineapples demonstrated that the new United States was one that saw the value in pineapple and how it signified individuality and independence.

Why does pineapple symbolize hospitality?

In colonial America, a pineapple would be set in the middle of the table when guests were invited over. It symbolized the highest form of welcome and then became the dessert of the meal. This practice was so popular that creative food display became the “in” thing to do.

Grocers used to rent out pineapples to hostesses to help create sophisticated dining experiences. Once they returned the pineapple, it would be sold to someone else who could afford it. Even if the original hostess could not afford to purchase it outright, the guests were honored. How cool is that?

You can find pineapple architecture all over the South, including a pineapple fountain in Charleston, South Carolina, and in other inconspicuous places like carvings on gateposts, above doorways or at the bottom of stairway railings.

With pineapple symbolizing warmth and a hearty welcome, it’s no wonder so many people find pineapple or some variation in a number of elements. It’s interesting to see how often the derivative of pineapple is used, especially at Christmastime. The South is known for its rich heritage and traditions, and the use of pineapple is just one more reason why the sweetness and luxury of this fruit is a delight.

Pineapple is a popular staple all over the United States, but there’s just something about pineapple and the South that welcomes you home. Ready to create that Southern charm in your new Landmark 24 Home? Contact us today!

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