Pineapples are an easy to grow, low-maintenance plant that grows beautiful egg-shaped violet-red to purple flowers. Each plant produces one fruit and the shoot it was borne on dies back or is cut off. Pineapples can be cultivated from a crown cutting of the fruit, which can flower in 2 years and fruits in the following 6 months. The fruits can be eaten fresh, cooked, juiced, or preserved but eating unripe fruit can cause throat irritation and act as a strong purgative. Some people get hives after eating fresh pineapple. The pineapple leaves are used to produce the textile fiber piña in the Philippines and is also used as a component for wallpaper and other furnishings.