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.