I learned something very interesting about pineapple during my most recent visit to Louisiana.
Because it was so exotic and unusual, plantation owners would give sliced pineapple to their guests as a welcome treat. It was a way of showing how happy the planters were that their friends had come to call.
Now, visits weren’t just for supper and a game of cards during the antebellum period. People would stay for weeks, months, and sometimes even years. At Oak Alley Plantation, where I took the above photograph, one couple stayed so long that they had two children during their visit!
I’m sure you’re wondering, “How did they get people to go home?”
Well, the answer is actually in the photograph. When guests had overstayed their welcome, the hostess would present them with a whole pineapple. That was their signal that it was time to either go visit someone else or go home. Whoever received this breakfast tray would know that it was time to pack their trunks and move on.
I found this little tidbit so interesting that I incorporated it into my current work-in-progress, Bayou Fire.