In a new reg­u­lar fea­ture, we take a nos­tal­gic look at our ad­ven­tures in shop­ping

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Ruth Spencer take a nos­tal­gic look at our ad­ven­tures in shop­ping

AChrist­mas treat for the fam­i­lies of these two women: fresh pineap­ple on De­cem­ber 23, 1947. From the golden shores of Tonga, prob­a­bly, to the cor­ner of Auck­land’s Queen St and Quay St in about the same time it would have taken to do these elab­o­rate coif­fures.

A pineap­ple is a cel­e­bra­tion in it­self, its ar­chi­tec­tural erup­tion of spikes and scales bring­ing joy to the world at any time of year. We no longer get the spikes for biose­cu­rity rea­sons, which means you can’t cut the top off and try to grow it on the kitchen win­dowsill any more. You re­ally can grow pineap­ples in your green­house here; each plant only pro­duces one pineap­ple a year, which shows how much we take these bright lit­tle lux­u­ries for granted.

“Pineap­ple does it all,” claimed Dole, the same year this pho­to­graph was taken. Up­side­down cakes with golden rings em­bed­ded in their damp flesh; chopped pineap­ple turn­ing a bowl of cot­tage cheese into a nom­i­nal “salad”. They ten­derised steaks, were skew­ered into hams jew­elled with glace cher­ries, were chopped into toasted sand­wiches.

To avoid con­tro­versy we shall re­main silent about pizza. Pineap­ples were ev­ery­where ex­cept in their great­est form: Pineap­ple Lumps were still five years away from be­ing in­vented.

Robert Mul­doon him­self con­trib­uted a recipe for Pineap­ple Whip to a 1971 celebrity cook­book. If you’d like to make it at home, per­haps for Christ­mas, just let a packet of pineap­ple jelly nearly set, beat it un­til fluffy, then fold some tinned pineap­ple in. As­tute read­ers will have no­ticed this is barely a recipe, but Mul­doon added a flour­ish of whipped cream and chopped nuts, prov­ing that show­man­ship is the politi­cian’s friend no mat­ter how spiky a pineap­ple you might be.

Pho­to­graph taken by Whites Avi­a­tion in1947. The in­te­rior of Franklins Fruit Shop,on the cor­ner of Queen St and Quay St, Auck­land.

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