This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V20", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
A large proportion of the area of the Bahama Islands is devoted to the cultivation of fruit, of which Oranges and Pine Apples are the principal, and at the present time the fields in the estates on which the Pine Apples are growing, form a peculiar feature in the landscape. The appearance of the broad expanse of young fruit, with its clusters of delicately tinted but sharp and serrated leaves, rising only a short distance from the ground, and covering the undulating fields, produces a very remarkable effect. In no other branch of agriculture can so curious a picture be produced as in the growth of these Bahama fruits. As many as a million and a half of the fruit has been collected from a single acre at one crop. The appearance of these Pine Apple estates has as little in common with sugar plantations, or paddy fields of the tropics, as with the corn fields or vineries of Europe. In a few weeks these Pine Apples will be making their appearance in the English markets. They are shipped in an unripe state, and mature during the voyage, and hence are not so excellent in quality as the English hothouse fruit, or as if they were properly ripened in the ground. The Pine Apples of New Providence, however, are superior to any other variety, and often attain an enormous size.
One, grown in Pembrokeshire, weighing 10½ pounds, and measuring 10½ inches in height, exclusive of the stalk and crown, and twenty-two inches in circumference, was served up at the coronation banquet of George IV., and since then the improved modes of cultivation have greatly increased the size and quality of the fruit. There is an enormous demand for the Bahama Pine Apples both in Europe and America. - The Colonies and India.