Friday, October 31, 2008

Pineapple Stalker

I got caught stalking the neighbor's pineapple this morning. I have a neighbor that has a green thumb the size of Texas and this week I noticed that she has a pineapple growing in her yard. Believe it or not, I've never seen a pineapple grow "in the wild" before. So this morning, I grabbed my camera and walked down to her yard and proceeded to take pictures of it. That's when she walked out of the garage and spotted me, a quizzical look on her face.

"I hope it is ok if I take a picture of your pineapple," I asked meekly (and a little too late I might add) with my face burning red in embarrassment. "I've never seen one growing on the stalk before."

Luckily, she was more than happy to tell me all about her pineapples, how long they take to grow (this one about 6 months), how to tell when it is ripe enough to pick (it turns a more golden yellow color), and how to plant my own (just cut the top off a ripe pineapple and plant it in the ground).

I won't be growing my own anytime soon because I can't grow anything but kids and dogs in my house. Any plantlike creature that is unlucky enough to wind up here is just doomed.


Anonymous said...

I thought that the pineapples grown like that weren't able to be eaten? Does she eat them? Fascinating.

NativeMom said...

She not only eats them, she shares them with other neighbors who have told me they are the sweetest pineapples they've ever had.