When colonial sea captains returned from their tropical voyages, they would take pineapples from their cargo and hang them on their front door or gatepost as a sign of welcome!

The affluent placed them on their dinner tables to show the rare opportunity to display this delicacy.

This has carried into modern society and continues to be a staple of decor throughout the South.

The pineapple, which is the trademark of Southern Signature Properties, is a traditional American symbol of hospitality.