The “Big Pineapple” outside of Bathurst, South Africa - situated on a pineapple experimental farm - is the world’s largest pineapple building: 16.5 meters or just under 56 feet tall. The Big Pineapple was constructed by members of Bathurst’s agricultural community in the 1980s.
Farmers who settled in the area in the 18th century struggled to successfully grow crops until they began planting pineapples. So, naturally, locals decided to honor the fruit and the sweet earnings it brought by erecting a massive building in its shape.
The building itself is three stories tall. It’s made of fiberglass, steel and concrete and features an observation platform - with a magnificent view from the top all the way to the coast.
The structure features a curio and gift shop selling all kinds of pineapple related products such as jams and juices, t-shirts, and curios and puzzles and gifts.
On the middle floor, there is a static display about the pineapple industry that flourishes in the Bathurst area.