The Kennedys Used Whole Pineapples as Serving Bowls, and You Should Too
Inspiration comes from all sorts of places, and browsing through some of the photos that have been named "The Most Influential Images of All Time" has led me to believe one thing for certain: Eating food out of a hollowed pineapple half is genius.
I do the vast majority of my holiday shopping via the Internet (shocking), and I recently came across the photograph below of John F. and Jackie Kennedy while perusing sister brand, TIME’s online shop for something historical-ish my dad might dig. It’s a lovely shot of the young couple, by Lisa Larsen, that captures a glimpse of what must have been a truly special moment in time—just the 2 beautiful newlyweds waiting and giddy before anyone else has been seated at the reception table.
But what caught my attention above anything else about this golden moment is the golden fruit perched at each table setting. It took a minute for me to discern what exactly it was, but once I did, I thought to myself, “Self, shouldn’t we all be eating our food out of hulled out pineapple halves??” How fun, fragrant, and fancy (in a kitschy kind of way). I can think of so many things that would be ideal served from a juicy fresh pineapple bowl. Just to name a few...
- Parfaits (which would be adorable in mini pineapples)
- Ice Cream
- Fruit Salad
- Sweet and Sour Chicken
And these are merely the first handful of things I could think of off the top of my head that would benefit from being served in a pineapple bowl. Just imagine the possibilities. Beyond offering your food a delicate floral aroma of tropical fruit, the vessel would inherently ward off predators from stealing it—pineapples are the most aggressive (i.e. spikey) pieces of produce you could possibly make into a bowl, ain’t nobody about to grab that out from under you. A serving piece that simultaneously makes its contents more appealing and protects them from theft—visionary.
For even more inspiration and treasurable moments caught on film, be sure to check out Time’s 100 Photographs: The Most Influential Images of All Time. It’d make for a most excellent coffee table book that your dad is sure to love (hope mine does).