The Pineapple

Saint Louis Cemetery, Number One, New Orleans, Louisiana

Saint Louis Cemetery, Number One, New Orleans, Louisiana

The pineapple won its name because the outside of the fruit looked like a pinecone and the fleshy interior was reminiscent of an apple—hence the name—pine+apple.

Since the early days of Spanish exploration of the Caribbean, the pineapple was recognized as a symbol of welcome if it was placed at the entrance to the village.  In funerary art the pineapple represents hospitality and a good host.

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