Once Upon a Time in Russia...While looking for something totally unrelated, I ran into this sentence below. Considering the geographical area this sentence pertains to, the account is bizarre.
- On both sides of the mouth of the River Pinego is high Land, great Rocks of Alabaster, great Woods, and Pineapple trees lying along within the ground, which by report have laid there since Noah's flood.
This here is the title page info from the linked 1625 publication: Purchas His Pilgrimes: In Five Bookes, Volume 3.
- Published in 1625 by Samuel Purchas.
The book published in 1625 tells us about the travels of Anthony Jenkinson. Among other places, he visited Russia some time after 05/12/1557.
Anthony Jenkinson (1529 – 1610/1611) was born at Market Harborough, Leicestershire. He was one of the first Englishmen to explore Muscovy and present-day Russia. Jenkinson was a traveler and explorer on behalf of the Muscovy Company and the English crown. He also met Ivan the Terrible several times during his trips to Moscow and Russia. He detailed the accounts of his travel through several written works over his life.
As far as I know, pineapples do not grow on trees. Even though pineapples are considered a fruit, pineapples actually grow on a plant close to the ground. Each pineapple plant bears exactly one pineapple.
Then, of course, we have our pineapple palm tree aka Canary Island Date Palm aka Phoenix Canariensis. It is my understanding that this palm tree was named a "pineapple palm tree" due to its appearance after pruning and trimming.
- When pruned, the bottom of the crown, also called the nut, appears to have a pineapple shape.
And then again, according to the botanical definition, palms are not trees but large, woody herbs.
- But this scientific definition could probably be compromised on, for palm trees look more like trees, than like grass.
- The pineapple fascinated Europeans as a fruit of colonialism but it could not be successfully cultivated in Europe for several centuries until Pieter de la Court developed a greenhouse horticulture near Leyden from about 1658.
- Pineapple plants were distributed from the Netherlands to English gardeners in 1719 and French ones in 1730.
The ClimateCould pineapples or palm trees grow in Russia north of 63° N parallel? And if they could, what would that mean as far as former climate conditions go?
- Below is the general area where the pineapple trees were found "lying along within the ground" on both sides of the river Pinego.
- Wondering what they call this river Pinego these days.
Here is one of the older maps showing the same area: 1562 Link.
To be honest, I am not sure whether Arkhangelsk used to be called Corelia? Corelia icould be submerged somewhere in the Dvinskiy Zaliv, and the above Colmogoro became Arkhangelsk. More map research would be required to form an opinion on that.
- One way or the other, this is the general area of the pineapple trees pertaining travels.
- What if in 1557 AD, Anthony Jenkinson thought that Noah's flood was a recent event?
- Anthony Jenkinson's flood reference comes across as if today we said something similar to "...it was there since World War II"
KD: An idea of pineapple plants or palm trees naturally growing in the vicinity of the Arctic Circle, sounds ridiculously crazy.
- But... what if it is not as preposterous as it sounds? After all, Greenland was ice free just a few hundred years ago.
- And of course... how long ago was the Deluge?