We’re big fans of citrus fruits, whether enjoyed in juices and pies or on their own as a healthy snack. And we’re also totally into pineapple—a tad more exotic, but boasting a similarly sweet and acidic flavor profile to that of the juiciest orange (and every bit as delicious, too). But wait, is pineapple citrus? No, in fact, it is not. Although pineapples have quite a bit in common with citrus fruits (like taste, Vitamin C content and a love of warm weather), they are not actually related to one another.
No one could blame you for thinking otherwise, but it turns out that pineapple is not a type of citrus fruit...not even a distant cousin, in fact. If the news is coming as a big surprise for you, just take a deep breath and say a quiet thank you to all the botanists who puzzled this one out and came up with a straightforward distinction long before the question even crossed your mind. Now, without further ado, let’s take a look at what makes pineapple distinct from citrus fruit.