The pineapple is a tropical fruit that originated in South America. In the U.S., the only state that grows pineapples commercially is Hawaii.
Pineapples are an excellent source of vitamin C and manganese. Manganese is an essential trace mineral that plays an important role in metabolism, bone development, and wound healing. (Read more about manganese from the Linus Pauling Institute and see more pineapple nutrition facts on Self.com.)
Pineapples ripen best at room temperature. Store them leaf side down, for even ripening. Once ripened pineapples can be stored in the refrigerator for a couple days.