Rich world of Etymology

The Carib Indians of the West Indies called the Pineapple ‘anana’ (excellent fruit) for its juicy, intense sweetness. When European adventurers brought them back home, the English named it for its resemblance to a pine cone – pineapple, just as they appended ‘apple’ to so many other fruits for the lack of a word – custardapple, roseapple and starapple. It is interesting to know ‘ananas’ is not a hindi word after all!

In the same vein, the leaves of passion fruit have marks resembling the crucifixation of Christ, and this evoked the Passion of Christ for the Spanish missionaries upon encountering them in Brazil and Paraguay. Wonderful world of etymology that connects rich history together.


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