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Jan 28, 2008 05:29 AM

Seeds in Pineapple...???

This was a first for me. I sliced a fresh pineapple yesterday and the fruit was speckled with tiny brown seeds. In fact, I didn't notice the seeds right away; for some reason, they weren't quite so obvious as I sliced the pineapple. But, as I looked at the fruit in the bowl I began to notice more and more of these seeds. I didn't even know that pineapples had seeds. Was this a fluke of nature, or what?

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  1. No, not a fluke. Pineapple is a fruit and sometimes do have seeds. I'm not sure if the variety that is sold is suppose to be seedless, but I liken it to a seedless watermelon, sometimes I find a few seeds even in those. Maybe you got a variety of pineapple that was not seedless.

    1. From what I understand, each of the little petal-like things on the outside of the pineapple was where a flower was attached (pineapples are actually lots of little fruits that fused together). For each part where there was a flower, there would be a seed. However, commercial pineapples are cultivated to be seedless. Sounds like yours was a bit of a fluke. I've usually noticed a seed or two in my pineapples as well. Not very many, though.

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      1. re: Kagey

        There were MANY seeds in this pineapple; the closer I looked, the more I saw. There was hardly a chunk in the bowl that didn't have at least a few seeds in it.

        1. re: CindyJ

          I'm probably not describing this very well, but if you trim a pineapple very stingily like I sometimes do, and it happens to have seeds, you'll leave some of the brown holes that attach to the outer rind embedded in the flesh. The seeds of the pineapple are located in this brown holes.

          In the picture I linked to below, you can see the brown holes I'm talking about in the slice in the upper right.

          1. re: Humbucker

            I don't think those are the seeds that Cindy is talking about. I have had seeds closer to the core. They look entirely different than your pic. They were kind of like apple seeds but even slimmer. Was that what you had Cindy?

            1. re: justagthing

              Yeah, they look sort of like bigger sesame or flax seeds, right?

              1. re: Humbucker

                the ones i have found were dark brown, but again, more internal than you pic.

            2. re: Humbucker

              Yes... they were much smaller than apple seeds but shaped similarly. And they were embedded throughout the fruit, not just close to the outer rind And there were a lot of them.

              Funny that I didn't notice them while I was cutting the pineapple up. I wonder if they were brought to the surface with the juice. The other thing that may or may not be worth mentioning is that the pineapple wasn't nearly as sweet as I expected it to be.

              1. re: CindyJ

                was it a gold pineapple? since I learned about the gold pineapples, I don't eat any other.

                1. re: justagthing

                  I'm not exactly sure what a "gold pineapple" is. I do know that in recent years there seems to be a particular kind of pineapple available in supermarkets that is almost always incredibly sweet, and maybe that's the gold pineapple you're referring to. It did occur to me as I was getting the pineapple ready to cut up that the pineapple didn't have the attached tag I've gotten used to seeing. Given that (1) it wasn't particularly sweet, and (2) it had seeds, I'm thinking that this was a whole different variety of pineapple than those I usually buy.

                  1. re: CindyJ

                    Del Monte Gold is a variety of pineapple that has been gradually taking over the market in the past ten years. Grown in Costa Rica and the Caribbean. Very sweet but without the acid backbite of the pineapples that had been in produce departments before that. It keeps much longer as well.
                    I had never noticed the seeds in US pineapples either until recently when I started buying Golds.

                    1. re: CindyJ

                      As per MS, she is spot on w/the gold varieties. I had my first one in Hawaii and only buy those now for the reasons she stated, less acid and more sweet. I have noticed some seeds in these, but I don't think to the extent that you had. BTW...Costco and Sam's usually sell them for a very reasonable price.

                      1. re: justagthing

                        Thanks gang! I just cut up a Del Monte Gold pineapple and it was loaded with seeds. I wasn't sure they weren't bugs but thought I would google before composting it. I picked out as many as I could with the point of my knife.

                        1. re: jean99

                          Icidentally there a pretty good chance those seeds are fetile. I've had friends toss them in warm wet pots full of soil and some have reported little ittly bitty pineapple plants starting. It'll take dammamble longer than the old vegetative method ( where you cut the top off and water it) to get a pinapple bromeliad to the point where it'll be big enough to fruit, but who knows, waht with the possiblility of genetic recombinbation and on plantation crossbreeding with other pineapple type sthe resulting fruit migh be better than the orginal (or worse, crossbreeding is nature's crapshoot)
                          As for why they have started to show up in the new ones, the reason I have heard is a follows; in the wild pineapples are pollinted by hummingbirds. pinapples however are one of those plants which will set fruit whether it's pollinated or not (like a banana or some kinds of citrus). Hawaii does not have any native hummingbirds, and actually prohibited thier importation to keep them from pollinating pineapples (in the old varties seeding had a negative effect on the fruit). I can only assume that either De Monte is growing the majortiy of their pineapples somewhere other than Hawaii now that does have hummingbirds, someone bucked the ban and hummingbirds have escapred onto the Hawaiian plantations or the Delmonte gold is considered so sweet that the decline in fruit quality the fetilization casues is not regarded as noticable or significant.

                          Icidentally, while very, very very rare, commercial bananas with seeds supposedly get out from time to time as well. thises I'd be more worried about as banana seeds are hard stony and (in some varities, HUGE (Thumbnail sized)

                          1. re: jumpingmonk

                            Virtually all of the pineapples I see in Chicago markets come from Central America, Mexico or Ecuador. This includes Del Monte.

                            1. re: Eldon Kreider

                              All of whom have plentiful hummingbirds thus supporting my assertion. Guess that narrows it down to theory 1 or 3.

                              I can't help but notice that while the del monte gold have seeds the Hawaiian Baby's (those half pint pineapples that you sometimes see as well) don't. If they are actually grown in Hawaii they wouldn't of course, but maybe some pineaplle types are sterile by now. If I ever bump into one of those Antiguan Black pineapples everyone raves about so much I'm HOPING to find seeds; so I can plant them and get MORE antiguan black pineapples.

          2. Here are some photos of our specimen from using the pineapple twist & push to core and slice gadget a moment ago. I include both sides of the attached tag, a seed on a ruler, and the "seedy"interior. Of special note, what prompted me to upload to this thread: the gadget leaves a very generous ring of flesh, as witnessed in the photos I just uploaded.
            As an aside, we are happy to roast ground pork in the pineapple shell on nights, like tonight, when we are prepping ground pork goyza filling.
            Finally, the bottom half of the Napa cabbage left after mincing the top half for the goyza filling is lovely used to make steamed "stuffed cabbage rolls" with the same goyza filling, too.
            Note: our 2 pineapples were purchased together, tagged the same, priced the same, but only one had these matured seeds.
            Instead of stuffing and baking it, we are passing it through our masticating juicer.