- The fruit (up to 30 cm long and 15 cm diameter) of a tropical plant, Ananas comosus, which is the result of the coalescence of the fruits of a hundred or more flowers. It grows at the top of a thick stalk which springs from the centre of a rosette of long spiky leaves. The golden-yellow flesh is firm, juicy and fibrous with a central inedible core. The skin varies from green to yellow or red as it matures. Sold whole or tinned with the skin and central core removed. Used as a dessert fruit or in savoury dishes, e.g. with pork. The uncooked juice, which contains active proteases, may be used to tenderize meat and will prevent gelatine-based jellies from setting.
- noun a fruit of a tropical plant, which has a tough knobbly skin, pale yellow flesh, and leaves sprouting from the top