December 10, 2014 Pineapples once were popular party accessories. And not for eating. December 10, 2014/ matthew Did you know that pineapples were such a status symbol in 18th century England that you could rent one for the evening to take to a party? This is also the reason there are pineapples atop some many trophies, such as Wimbledon men's singles trophy. People in 18th century England were very stupid.