Sunday, February 26, 2006

Ludicus Pineapple

A "lucidus" pineapple plant (Ananas comosus var. lucidus [?]). The plant was in fruit when purchased -- probably by chemical forcing, given the small size of the plant. Complete ripening took about six months from time of purchase.

Close-up of the lucidus fruit after harvest. Similar lucidus pineapple plants are currently being sold at Home Depot stores in California.

Cross-section of the lucidus fruit with crown removed. The fruit (about the size of a hen's egg) may have been slightly overripe. It was fairly sweet with a pronounced acidity, perhaps the result of winter-time ripening.