[Northkeep] period fruit

Derek Wilson dwilson at dollarcar.com
Thu Aug 30 13:49:06 PDT 2001

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The pineapple is native to southern Brazil and Paraguay where wild relatives
occur. It was spread by the Indians up through South and Central America to
the West Indies before Columbus arrived. In 1493 Columbus found the fruit on
the island of Guadaloupe and carried it back to Spain and it was spread
around the world on sailing ships that carried it for protection against
scurvy. The Spanish introduced it into the Philippines and may have taken it
to Hawaii and Guam early in the 16th Century. The pineapple reached England
in 1660 and began to be grown in greenhouses for its fruit around 1720.

The capulin cherry is native and common throughout the Valley of Mexico from
Sonora to Chiapas and Veracruz and possibly western Guatemala. It has been
cultivated since early times and is extensively naturalized in Central
America and over much of western South America. Today it is cultivated in
the Andes more than in its northern homeland and at harvest the fruits are
abundantly available in Andean markets. The tree was introduced into
California sometime after the mid-1920s.

The Common Cherry (bing and related) appears to have its origins in the
Central Asiatic area.

And the Orange in the Southeast Asiatics.

So the Answer is....

Pineapple is yes but only late period.
Cherry/Orange yes if there is some form of trade with the location with the

But in all cases I would think it more rare than
grapes/apples/currant/gooseberry/pears/date plum/figs which all are native
to the European/Mediterranean

Derek Wilson

-----Original Message-----
From: Lady Julienne de Lion [mailto:ladyjulienne at hotmail.com]
Sent: Thursday, August 30, 2001 2:29 PM
To: Northkeep at ansteorra.org
Subject: [Northkeep] period fruit

could someone tell my if cherries, pineapples, or oranges were period in any
country? (period being all the way to 1600)

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