I've read about shoots/slips/ratoons/suckers (I can't keep track of what is what, and I think 2 of those refer to the same thing). I know one of them grows from the stem, below where the pineapple fruit grows.

But I haven't come across mentions of more crowns coming from the fruit itself

And bonus question: How do you remove the extra crowns growing between the leaves? I don't want to trim the leaves so I can't get a grip close enough to the base and I end up pulling out mostly leaves, and the poor base of the crown is left with almost no leaves, still attached.

Should I just trim the leaves in that area to get better access?

growing from the fruit

after removal

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