No, this isn't Talk Like A Pirate Day, I've been looking in my heraldry book again.
vegetation was often used in heraldry as a pun on the family name: Apples for
Appleton, peas for Pease or pears for Perry, but also sometimes stood for
places, pride in productivity, or history.
Apples and pears were nearly always presented hanging, as if still on
the tree. Bunches of grapes were usually
also shown hanging, but were sometimes inverted.
Sometimes edibles are shown in collections,
even in baskets, or in combination with other items. The arms for the Worshipful Company of
Brewers features sheaves of barley and also barrels... of what, I
"Pineapple", in heraldry, means pine-cone. If you want a *pineapple* pineapple on your
shield, you have to ask for an "ananas". Heaven only knows what you have to ask for if
you want a banana.
Apparently, "Don't play with your food" is a modern concept.
Marian Allen, Author Lady
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