Who knew that the Pineapple was once considered “royalty?”

Well, the Spaniards did, after the conquistadors brought them back from the Americas in the 16th century as a tasty “ wonder from paradise.”

So did England’s King Charles II, who was drawn to their “status,” not to mention their bright flavor, gentle tartness and syrupy juice.

We owe the English for adding the “apple” part to the name, so it could be declared a fruit.  Pineapples mean sweet most of the time, and they also mean-business as a high source of Vitamin C.  A Health.com “superfruit,” they also contain bromelain, a digestive enzyme that helps breakdown protein.

Christopher Columbus was once welcomed with pineapples when he landed on Guadeloupe.  Today, we welcome this favorite fruit flavor — fit for a king — without thinking twice.