10 Different Types of Pineapples

Different Types of Pineapples

Did you know that there are dozens of different types of pineapples? The pineapples you find at your local grocery store or farmer’s market may look similar, but there is actually far more than meets the eye. Dozens of different varieties are grown all across Brazil, Thailand, Phillipines, Costa Rica, Hawaii, and more. Likely, the type of pineapple sold at your grocery store varies as to which part of the world you live in. Regardless of which variety they are, pineapples are a delicious ⁠treat — whether they’re chopped up in a salad, blended up into a smoothie, or covered in chocolate. Try our Pineapple Drip Cakes™ And Swizzle Berries® for a pineapple treat so decadent, your mouth will water.

What Makes Pineapple Varieties Different?

Types of Pineapples

Pineapple, also known as Ananas comosus, is a shallow rooted tropical plant that grows two to four feet tall. Pineapples are a widely recognized fruit, but many people don’t realize that they’re a compound fruit – a fruit that develops from many smaller fruits which fuse together around a central stalk. They grow best at a temperature of 65 to 75 degrees. Different types of pineapples are grown in different parts of the world. The types vary according to size, shape, color, and more.

Pineapples are mostly grouped into into four main classes: Smooth Cayenne, Red Spanish, Queen, and Abacaxi, but there are some outliers that don’t fit into any of these classes. Some varieties are more resistant to disease and are better for commercial transport, while others are more tender and cannot be shipped long distances. Pineapple varieties also differ as to sweetness, acidity, and fiber content.

Top 10 Different Types of Pineapples


There are more than 37 types of pineapples grown across the world, each with its own unique set of characteristics. Here’s a little bit about each of the ten most popular types of pineapples.

1. Abacaxi Pineapples

Abacaxi pineapples are very sweet and quite resistant to disease, making them a very popular crop to grow. They weigh anywhere from two to eleven pounds. They’re spiny and tall, and their flesh is nearly translucent in color. They’re delicious, but too delicate for commercial purposes.

2. Queen Pineapples

Found mostly in Australia and South Africa, Queen pineapples are dark-yellow with a small core. The Queen pineapple has a pleasant aroma and flavor, but does not can well. Instead, they’re better eaten fresh. Queen pineapples are more tolerant of diseases and cold temperatures than other types of pineapple.

3. Red Spanish Pineapples

Aptly named, Red Spanish pineapples are orange-red in color and are grown in the Caribbean. It produces fruit that has a light-yellow color and an aromatic flavor. They’re sturdy and high in fiber, but aren’t as tender as other varieties.

4. Smooth Cayenne Pineapples

Smooth Cayenne pineapples are likely the ones you’d find in a typical food store in the United States. They’re the main type of pineapple grown in Hawaii, and are bigger than most other varieties, weighing in at four to ten pounds. They feature a distinctive yellow flesh and are very juicy.

5. Pernambuco Pineapples

Pernambuco pineapples are mostly grown in Brazil. They’re white, tender, and juicy with a mild flavor. They’re yellow both inside and out and feature distinctive long, spiny leaves.

6. Mordilona Pineapples

Mordilona pineapples are grown in the northeastern Andes of Colombia and Venezuela. They’re large, irregular, and cylindrical with a yellow to orange peel. The flesh is cream-colored and sweet.

7. Kona Sugarloaf

Kona Sugarloaf is a type of Smooth Cayenne pineapple. It features white flesh with a high sugar content and no acidity. It’s unusually sweet and delicious. One distinctive feature of this type of pineapple is that its core isn’t woody, but is tender and completely edible.

8. Brecheche

Brecheche pineapples are small, cylinder-shaped, and olive colored. The plant is completely spike-free. The flesh of Brecheche is yellow, very fragrant, and juicy with a small core.

9. Singapore Red

Signapore Red pineapples feature green leaves with a reddish stripe at the end. The fruits are reddish, cylindrical, and small with golden-yellow flesh. They’re disease and pest-resistant and are great for canning.

10. Panare

This pineapple is named after the Indian tribe who grew it in Venezuela. The fruit is bottle-shaped and orange-colored. The flesh is deep yellow, slightly fragrant, and has a small core.

Common Questions About Pineapples

What are the different types of pineapples?

There are dozens of different types of pineapples, and many variants of the different varieties, but some are far more common than others. The Smooth Cayenne (also known as Cayena Lisa in Spanish) is the most popular pineapple variety grown around the world, and it’s also the variety that you most often find in grocery stores. Some other common types of pineapples include:

  • Ripley
  • Natal Queen
  • Abacaxi
  • Green Spanish
  • Roja Espanola
  • James Queen
  • Baron de Rothschild
  • Montufar
  • Delmonte Gold
  • Sugarloaf (Kona Sugarloaf)
  • White Kauai
  • MD2
  • Burmanguese
  • Antigua Black
  • Queen
  • Singapore Red
  • Monte Oscuro
  • Champaka
  • MacGregor
  • Red Spanish
  • Cabezona
  • PR 1-67
  • Valera
  • St. Michael
  • Giant Kew
  • Masmerah
  • Hilo
  • Mauritius
  • Pernambuco
  • Singapore Spanish
  • Rondon
  • Brecheche
  • Perolera
  • Spanish Jewel
  • Pinkglow
  • White Jade
  • Maui Gold
  • Monte Lirio
  • Panare
  • Maipure
  • Mordilona

How many types of pineapples are there?

There are more than 100 different types of pineapples. Native to South America, pineapples have been grown for hundreds of years. They’re commonly grown in Brazil, Thailand, Philippines, Costa Rica, Hawaii, and others.

Are there different types of pineapple plants?

Just as the various types of pineapples can look different from one another, pineapple plants of different pineapple varieties can also vary. They’re generally short, shrub-like plants with robust, waxy leaves, most often long, thin, and straight leaves with pointed ends that emerge from a single, central point. These plants can produce up to 200 flowers or more, and some have striped leaves while others have solid green leaves. The flowers form a cluster, which eventually dry out, fuse together, and become a pineapple fruit.

How many types of spirals does a pineapple have?

A pineapple has three series of spirals that correspond to its scales, which have a hexagonal pattern. These spirals run in parallel to other spirals of the same type and can be classified by the angle at which the scales form the parallel spiral patterns:

  • Gradually spiraling scales
  •  Medium slope-spiraling scales
  • Steep slope-spiraling scales

No matter what variety of pineapple you choose, it’s sure to be delicious. Try our Chocolate Dipped Pineapple Daisies® Box for an amazing pineapple treat. It includes twelve delectable chocolate covered pineapple daisies. Delish!