There are more than a hundred varieties of pineapples that grow in varying sizes. Pineapples are usually eaten after shaving off their spiked skin and removing the core. However, the miniature pineapples found in Thailand and South Africa can be eaten with the core, which is edible. Giant Kew is a large-sized variety that can weigh up to 10 kg. Some more common and interesting varieties are given below.
The Sugarloaf pineapple, also known as “Pan de Azucar,” has a white flesh and does not have any woodiness. It weighs around 2.3 to 2.7 kg, and is sweet and juicy. Sugarloaf pineapples are usually grown in Mexico and Venezuela. The plant grows up to 5 feet with a spread of 3 to 4 feet.
Red Spanish Pineapple
The Red Spanish variety found in the countries of Central America can weigh up to 2 kgs. This variety is mainly used for exports. It is pale yellow in color with a soothing fragrance and square shaped, hard spiky leaves.
This variety is grown in the Hluhluwe region of South Africa. Almost 90 percent of pineapples sold in the African market come from this region. Queen pineapples are less sweet, have a rich yellow flesh, crisp texture, mild flavor, and weigh up to 1.5 kg.
Smooth Cayenne Pineapple
Smooth Cayenne comes from Hawaii. Its yellow flesh has high sugar and acid content. Cayenne’s leaves are spineless and cylindrical. This variety weighs around 2.5 to 3 kg and is mainly used for canning.