Try it, and let us know what happens. I know you aren't going to have any luck trying to grow bananas from seeds, because all the bananas in the produce section are "seedless" triploids. I think all the commercial varieties of pineapples are propagated vegetatively, but, of course, in the plant breeding phase, seed production and growing from seed does occur.
pollengarden wrote:I think it would be easier to start a plant from the discarded top
It is. I have done so. It does make a nice houseplant. Cut the top off leaving some of the pineapple on it. Place it in a saucer of water, like you would do a cutting. Out of the sun. Change the water daily. I can't remember how long it took to root since I did it years ago. I potted up when it rooted. Had it for quite a while then lost it to spider mites at a time when I knew nothing about gardening or bugs.
I appreciate y'all's answers, but apparently I didn't make myself clear.
I have no intention of trying to grow a pineapple from seed.
I do know they are fairly easily to grow from the tops.
And have rooted them in the past.
(Although, honestly, they didn't grow very well.)
I was simply curious as to whether the seeds in them are viable or not.
In other words, could one, if one did wish, grow a pineapple from the seeds.
Or are those seeds merely useless little nuisances
put there to be annoying to fresh pineapple lovers?
I have never heard of anyone doing this, & was curious if anyone here had tried it.
Pineapple is largely vegetatively propagated. Sexual reproduction is rare in nature because pineapple is self sterile; seeds if produced by self fertilization germinate slowly with low vigour and young seedlings are fragile due to inbreeding depression (Purseglove 1972; Daniela1999; Bartholomew et al. 2003).
It looks like the answer is possible, but not likely.