The pineapple, as it is known today, was given “Ananas comosus” as the botanical name. Native to South America, it was named for its resemblance to a pine cone -- the pine cone reference first appearing in print in 1398.
History has it that Christopher Columbus is credited with discovering the pineapple on the island of Guadeloupe in 1493, although the fruit had long been grown in South America. He called it piña de Indes meaning “pine of the Indians.”
South American Guarani Indians cultivated pineapples for food. They called it nanã, meaning “excellent fruit.”
The pineapple, being a favorite fruit to most Papua New Guineans, the Post PNG Philatelic Bureau, in its quest to produce innovative products have subsequently incorporated the actual fragrance to the postage stamps.
The following are denominations assigned:
K1.05 - The African Queen specie sliced and arranged in a horse-shoe K1.05 - An African Queen and one Hawaiian species sliced open.
K5.00 - Two African Queen and one Hawaiian specie displayed.
K7.00 - One Hawaiian and two African species contained in two
tradidional baskets format.
K10.00 - A display of a three part slit African pineapple specie.