Pineapple Varieties


Several varieties of pineapple are available in the Philippines. One is the Smooth Cayenne or Hawaiian, which is the heaviest, most popular, and best for canning. The Queen or African Queen or Formosa is the sweetest. The Native Philippine Red or Red Spanish is cone-shaped and considered of medium quality. It is also grown for its fiber. The Cabezona is the largest, measuring approximately 8-12 inches long when fully matured. Other varieties include the Buitenzorg or Java, Sugar, Loaf and Abakka.

Queen Pineapple is mostly grown in Bicol, particularly in the province of Camarines Norte and municipalities of Basud, San Lorenzo Ruiz, San Vicente and Labo.