Pineapples are a delicious tropical fruit that is Mother Nature’s gift to us, even tastier than some high-calorie desserts. Sweet and juicy, pineapple can be enjoyed in muffins, parfaits, upside-down pineapple cake or just cut into circles. This popular fruit is usually eaten in the summer, although you can indulge year-round.
In previous years, you could only find pineapple in South America. However, thanks to the variety of greenhouses and tropical plantations internationally, this fruit is much more accessible to people who live around the world. And while the bark may seem prickly and unusable to many, you can make an incredibly delicious drink out of it!
So before you think of throwing away the bark or crown of the leaves, remember that they are 100% edible and really good for you!
What to do with pineapple leaves
Wait a second before you throw your pineapple crown in the trash! First, rotate the leaves. Don’t worry—it doesn’t take much strength. Then peel back the bottom three or four sheets until the middle is exposed.
Dry the leaves
After doing this, let the crown dry. After being left alone and dry for two days, it is ready for the next step.
Take a pot of soil and plant this top part of your pineapple. You can do this by turning the crown into the ground like a screw, doing it delicately. Bury it to the base of the leaves.
After that, it’s all about maintenance. Water your new pineapple plant from above every few days – once every four to five days should be enough. Try to place the pot in a bright, indirect light source for best results.
Do not overwater this plant as it has shallow roots and is therefore vulnerable to root rot. Water it only once a week and wait until the soil is no longer moist.
Growing your new pineapple
After two or three weeks you will start to see leaves growing out. At a certain point, a stalk will begin to grow from the middle of the plant. The next step will blow your mind. Soon you will start to see new pineapple growing.
It starts out small like a baby pineapple and slowly gets bigger. So if you want a wholesome and adorable source of endless tropical fruit, grow your own pineapple plant at home!
The first step in this is to save the leaves from the next pineapple you buy. Instead of throwing it in the trash, you can have the very fulfilling experience of planting it instead and growing your own pineapple.