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November Focus : Pineapples

Our November focus for learning is pineapples.

Despite pineapples being a tropical plant there has been an interest in them in the UK for centuries. They weren’t always eaten though, and in the 18th century often used as a table decoration in wealthy households (they were expensive to source). Pineapples became a sign of wealth, hospitality and welcome and we mention this to welcome you to this month’s learning topic!

To explore the world of the pineapple further click below to browse our collection for pineapple based art works, read up on juicy pineapple science, and get creative in the kitchen with our photo-led pineapple skewer recipe.

We can’t introduce you to pineapples at the Garden Museum without mentioning the very close landmark of Lambeth Bridge. There is a very popular urban legend that the pair of obelisks at either end of the bridge are in fact pineapples, erected due to their association with Lambeth resident John Tradescant who is also buried at the Museum. What do you think? Do they look like pineapples?

Lambeth Bridge taken from outside the Garden Museum

Science Fact Sheet : The Juicy Pineapple

Have you ever wondered how a pineapple got its name, how it grows or why sometimes your tongue might fizz when eating one? Read our fact file on the juicy fruity pineapple, and do our suggested experiment using jelly to discover some properties of the pineapple!

This resource is suitable for Primary aged pupils.

GM Primary Science pineapple

Cooking Activity : Pineapple Skewers

In this step by step photo recipe pack we first show you how to prepare and chop a pineapple by removing its stalk and skin, then show you how to turn this chopped pineapple into a simple dessert. Grab your skewers and get cooking.

GM Pineapple How to & Skewers

We’d love to see your pineapple skewers – you can share photographs with us via twitter @GardenMusLearn or email us ceri@gardenmuseum.org.uk