Queen Victoria (Baby) Pineapple

December 1st, 2009 | Fruit Maven

If you’ve been looking for that special broach to spice up your annual Christmas sweater (the one with the embroidered rudolph and the battery powered nose), then Baby Pineapple this is the fruit for you!
APPEARANCE Rating: ★★★★☆

Cutest little pineapple I have ever seen. The base is just slightly bigger than a lemon and fits perfectly in the palm of my hand, which is great except that it is a little prickly and I really have no need to carry around a teensy weensy pineapple.

AROMA Rating: ★★★★☆

Pure sweet pineapple fragrance but only when I really hold it up to my nose

TEXTURE Rating: ★★½☆☆

Juicy and fibrous flesh with a firm core and prickly rough skin

TASTE Rating: ★★★★☆

Lightly sweet, focused and rich pineapple flavor with only a bit of the acidity of larger pineapples

OVERALL Overall Rating: ★★★½☆

This pineapple is so adorable that when I bought it I wanted to pin it right to my shirt and pretend it was a broach. People use the normal ones in hats, so why can’t I wear this little one as a pin? Its good tasting too, but what a pain to cut. I mean pineapples are irritating to chop up anyway, but the return on investment here just isn’t very high for how small it is. Supposedly you can eat the core on these, but I thought it was fairly hard and crunchy and I fail to see the big value add in that.

FRUIT

Pineapple

VARIETY

Queen Victoria

PEAK

All Year

ORIGIN

Brazil

GROWN

Unknown (South Africa?)

PURCHASED

Specialty Produce

NOTES

Called the Queen Victoria Pineapple or South African Baby Pineapple. Apparently back in colonial times, hostesses used to rent pineapples for their parties in order to look fancy. They later had to give them back so some rich person could buy them and actually get to eat them. I can’t help but wonder how rich you could be if you are willing to buy a used pineapple for your snack. You should have no shame pineapple renters of old – at least you got it new!

WHERE TO GET THEM

You can buy Baby Pineapples some standard grocery stores and local specialty stores and online here. If you get them online, a small amount will go to support the Fruit Maven. So thanks in advance!

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  • Mazoo Dec 2, 2009 at 8:56 am

    I now see “Pineapple renter” as the new classist put down – as in: “Your mamma is so poor, she had to rent a pineapple for her party.” And, “Did you see those clothes? I mean, seriously, what a pineapple renter…”

    Keep up the good work, Fruit Maven!

  • keri Jun 9, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    The pineapple is an historic symbol of wealth and general prosperity. Because for the longest time in Europe and North America they could only be shipped, and only the wealthy could afford them, so they made generous gifts. Here in Rhode Island, many of the largest mansions have pineapple-shaped gateposts, and in Providence, our very own Federal Hill is adorned with an arch and what? A hanging pineapple. :0

  • ehab abogalalah Mar 15, 2014 at 9:52 am

    dear sir I have my own company in Dubai I am working as a commercial brokers I would like to know your price for baby Queen Victoria Pineapples CIF Dubai for 2 ton, looking to hear from you, with my best regards.
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