About Our Pineapple
Many years ago the great clipper ships sailed the West Indies in search of spices, riches, and fruits. Highly regarded for its intense sweetness, the pineapple was a staple of Indian feasts and rites. It was difficult to transport, and so this “excellent fruit” remained rare in Europe and America. The pineapple was once so uncommon and coveted a commodity in Europe that King Charles II of England posed for an official portrait in an act then symbolic of royal privilege—receiving a pineapple as a gift.
Due to its association with warmth and friendliness, pineapples in America were often used as the “crowning” piece in large displays of food. Visitors confronted with pineapple-topped food displays felt particularly honored by their host who obviously spared no expense to ensure their guests' dining pleasure. Because the pineapple was so prized, if you were served or given a pineapple you knew you were considered a special friend. The pineapple, in time, became a symbol of Southern hospitality. For this reason, Immaculate Conception Church chose the pineapple as its hospitality emblem.
When a new household is welcomed to our community, we present this symbol of hospitality and welcome.