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Pineapples! Why? Where?

Pineapple illustration for Devizes Food & Drink FestivalSpotted that cheeky pineapple, getting into the act on our logo? Why is it there?

Well, Devizes has a historic connection. In 1769, one Adam Taylor ‘A Gardener near Devizes’ published a treatise on how to grow a pineapple. Reason enough for us to adopt it, but more so when we learned the pineapple is a symbol of hospitality and friendship… 


Pineapples in history

We delved further…

  • The pineapple originally came from Brazil
  • It got its name from its resemblance to a pine cone
  • King Charles II was an early consumer, being given one raised by his gardener, John Rose, so he had a portrait painted with it
  • Carved pineapples often feature on grand gateposts, as a symbol of welcome
  • Sea captains in New England used to impale a pineapple on their fence, to show friends they were home and ready for visitors