Why the Pineapple?
The first account of the pineapple was given by Christopher Columbus and his men, who landed on the island now
known as Guadeloupe on their second voyage of discovery. Columbus brought the fruit back to Europe in 1493. Its
cylindrical shape and rough, spiky surface caused the Spaniards to name it pina, after the pine cone, although the
pineapple is much larger by comparison. The English noted the same resemblance, hence our word "pineapple".
For native islanders, the pineapple symbolized hospitality, and the Spaniards soon learned they were welcome if a
pineapple was placed by the entrance to a village. This symbolism spread to Europe, then to Colonial North America,
where it became the custom to carve the shape of a pineapple into the columns at the entrance of a plantation.
Seafaring captains used to place fresh pineapples - souvenirs of their lengthy travels to tropical ports - atop
the porch railings of their homes when they returned. It was a symbol then that the man of the house was
home - albeit briefly - and receiving visitors.
The pineapple has been a universal symbol of hospitality and welcome for many centuries all over the world. Dr.
Steinke adopted the pineapple as the logo for his practice in 1983 to illustrate that everyone was welcome to his
practice. Steinke and Caruso Dental Care carries that tradition on today - we look forward to welcoming you into
our dental family!