The rest of the people displayed their wealth of pineapple and celery

Forget fast cars and shiny roles - rich people show off their wealth with pineapples and celery

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A stack of pancakes sprinkled with syrup, a floral latte that stands next to a white macbook with deep pan pizza cheese. Instagram has created a "food porn" featuring images depicting foods in an appetizing or aesthetically appealing way – the usual. Food is now the most photographic subject on the platform, and #food, #foodporn, #instafood, and #yummy are all popular hashtags.

One 2017 survey found that 69% of millennials regularly post photos of their food or drink on social media. In many of these images, food is used in conjunction with other products, such as bags, jewelry and trainers, to reveal a unique lifestyle and originality to the outside world.

By itself, this is not new. People have always found ways to use food to their liking, desires, and status. In the UK two main examples of this are pineapple and celery.

King Pin

Pineapple has always been associated with prestige and luxury due to its exotic appearance. It first appeared in Britain in 1668, and received notice when Charles II used it as a public relations opportunity.

At that time, England and France were engaged in heated debates over the rights of St Kitts. When the French ambassador visited Charles II to discuss the matter, the king ordered him to import pineapple from Barbados and at dinner he saw the fruit pyramid from above. Then she cut and eat. In doing so, Charles II asserted that England's global power was to be achieved.

Forget fast cars and shiny roles - rich people show off their wealth with pineapples and celery

Growing pineapple. Credit: Ajay Suresh, CC BY

The king ordered Christine Pineapple's "King Pin" and ordered that he himself write a drawing depicted by his royal gardener: the earliest form of food selfie.

According to the Georgian era, the first pineapple was made in Britain. The effort required during production meant that the fruit blossomed from time to time, costing £ 60 (about £ 5,000). Concerned that eating such high fruit was unsuitable, the owners chose to depict pineapples as ornaments in the evening before moving from party to party until they could afford it.

In response, ceramics companies began making pineapple stands and stands. These devices allowed the pineapple to be placed in the central hole, while other fruit slices around the fruit were arranged for guests. Period catalogs are filled with unique designs for users to browse. There were still many lifetimes imposed on owners who wanted to trim their pineapple. Pineapple rental stores were shut down all over the country for those who could not process them, and people even started wearing pineapple status.

It was their symbolic value that the maids who transported them were at high risk of being thieves. In 1807 there were several court cases for pineapple theft in Old Bailey, most notably Mr Godwing, who was sentenced to seven years' transport to Australia for seven pineapple thefts.

Pineapples lost their social cactus during the Victorian middle age, when steam production began to be regularly imported from the colony. This greatly reduced their price and opened their consumption to the working classes. Undoubtedly, the upper classes were looking for new foods to distinguish themselves from the "masses". The answer? Celery.

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Luxury luxury

Celery was first cultivated in Britain in the swamps of East Anglia in the 1800s. Its production was very time-consuming as it had to build trenches to plant it and it had to be dug regularly to preserve its stem fluid. These difficulties meant that celery in Victoria was a rare and expensive vegetable in the UK, worth 33 shillings (about £ 180).

Like the pineapple, the upper classes were reluctant to accept celery, given the cost. As a result, canny growers began to produce "celery vines" – all tulip-shaped glass cups placed above the pedestal. The whole celery cake was cleaned and melted, and then placed in the celery vine, its leafy top still intact.

The combination of light refractory glass and celery "bouquet" created a dramatic centerpiece for the dining table, boldly displaying the owner's wealth. The upper classes, still buried in celery and in the labels for ladies, created the best spreadsheets to focus on vegetables.

By the late 1880s the price of celery had declined, making the varieties easier to develop. As a result, celery has begun to eat rather than just look at it. This led to the replacement of celery vines with celery dishes, which were sold as part of a merchandise accompanied by four salt dishes.

By the end of the 20th century, celery was on the menu of most British hotels and restaurants. It is also presented as a key ingredient in recipes in cookbooks, often in a unique and now forgotten way, e.g. au velouté (With light gravity), à la Espagniole (With rich demi) and Au Gratin (Bread with bread). Even celery served in a Titanic first class cabin. Like pineapple, celery also became a high target for thieves. Local newspapers regularly reported news of the men being sentenced to two months' hard labor for stealing vegetables.

After improving the cultivation method, celery has become an indispensable item, forcing the upper classes to look for new food luxury once again. Today celery is almost universally accepted, and recent polls in Britain, the US and Japan have found the least poisonous foods. But it is understood that the Victorians worshiped him because the Georgians made pineapples.

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