Yes, it is what it looks like.
About 6 months ago, I got into a discussion with a Master Gardener that had come over to purchase some worms. I showed her the pineapple plants that I had successfully overwintered (The tops came off of store bought pineapples). She said, “You can grow the plants here (Northern California), but you cannot get them to fruit”.
I thought differently. Most plants, as long as they are thriving, will eventually produce fruit. Look at how cute my little pineapple fruit is!
How do I keep my plants thriving? Worm Castings!
Now, worm castings alone will not keep a pineapple plant alive through the winter. What I did was put the container next to my house all winter. The heat from the house radiated just enough to help this pineapple plant survive the cold. We have moderate temps in San Jose, but they are nothing like Hawaii, the home of the pineapple.
Everyone that sees the stuff that I grow says, “You have a green thumb”. They should say, “You have a black thumb”….the color of my Worm Castings!