From the Bromeliaceae family, Dwarf pineapple is native to southern Brazil and Paraguay and carried by the Indians up through South and Central America to Mexico and the West Indies long before the arrival of Europeans. Christopher Columbus saw the pineapple for the first time on the island of Guadeloupe in 1493 and then again in Panama in 1502. Caribbean Indians placed pineapples or pineapple crowns outside the entrances to their dwellings as symbols of friendship and hospitality.
With a wide range of names and varieties, It is widely called piña by Spanish-speaking people, abacaxi in the Portuguese tongue, ananas by the Dutch and French; nanas in southern Asia; po-lo-mah In China; sweet pine in Jamaica and often merely “pine” in Guatemala.
The botanical name is Ananas comosus and it reaches only 30cm in length and 30cm in width. Its blossoms are a unique blue and pink.