The first record of the pineapple was given by Christopher Columbus. Columbus brought the fruit to Europe in 1493 from the Carib village on the island now known as Guadeloupe.
To the Carib, the pineapple symbolized hospitality, and the Spaniards 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 farm.
During early Colonial days in the United States, families would set a fresh pineapple in the center of the table as a colorful centerpiece of the festive meal, especially when visitors joined them in celebration. The pineapple was served as a special dessert after the meal as a symbol of hospitality and warm welcome. Often when the visitor spent the night, he was given the bedroom which had the pineapples carved on the bedposts or headboard–even if the bedroom belonged to the head of the household.
“The pineapple has been a universal symbol of hospitality and welcome for many centuries all over the world.” – Beverly L. Pack
This is why PAR has adopted the pineapple as our symbol. Not only are we a part of the hospitality industry but we want every one of our customers to feel welcome.