― Its a tropical plant good in dietary fiber. It may be eaten fresh, canned, juiced and are found in many food stuffs like dessert, fruit salad, jam, yogurt, candy, ice cream. In the phillipines, the leaves are used as a source of textile fiber called pina. In spanish pineapples are called pina. Along the swahili speaking East African coast, the pineapple is nanasi. The plant is indigenous to South America. .