The Jamaican pineapple is indigenous to South America mainly Brazil and Paraguay. The Tainos Indians who were originally from South America brought the pineapple to Jamaica and the rest of the Caribbean. They were the first foreigners to arrive in Jamaica which happened before long before Christopher Columbus was born.
It is believed that Christopher Columbus is responsible for spreading pineapple to the rest of world. While he was in Guadeloupe he brought the pineapple plant with him to Spain which became the catalyst for spreading the fruit around. The Jamaican pineapple is rich in vitamin C, it is a cure for scurvy which European sailors constantly suffered during the early days. This means that it would be in their interest to have the pineapple around in as many countries as possible.
The Jamaican pineapple is easily grown in tropical climates but it can resist moderate cold temperature. However, it is best suited for warmer climates with good soil drainage. When the Jamaican pineapple is grown in suited conditions it can be very sweet and less acidic. The pineapple is a good source of manganese, vitamin C, vitamin B1, copper and dietary fiber, vitamin B6, also very good in helping the stomach to digest. This is a fruit that is ubiquitous throughout the world that shows up on many dishes. The Jamaican pineapple can be eaten fresh, juiced, grilled, baked, flavored meats and fish, cakes among others.
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