How to cut pineapple like a pro and tips for choosing a ripe pineapple.

July 22, 2015

Fresh pineapple is a favorite treat in my house. The hungry boys love that it’s so naturally sweet—eating it plain is one of their favorites—and I love that its natural sweetness makes it a great addition to everything from smoothies to juices to muffins. Often, once you add pineapple, you can cut down on the other sweeteners. And, as much a I love eating local fruit, I live in NYC where having a few, delicious all-year-around fruits is a lifesaver. (Thank you, pineapple.)

The only bummer is having to cut them. At least, it used to be—but not anymore thanks to this quick tutorial on how to cut pineapple like a pro in 5 easy steps.

How to cut pineapple like a pro in 5 easy steps | One Hungry Mama

So go ahead and skip the frozen cubes. You can also put down that precut pineapple that’s been sitting on the supermarket shelf for too long. Instead, grab a ripe beauty and cut it up, 1-2-3. It’ll taste infinitely better and do your body—and smoothie making and juicing and baking—good, too.

Related: Perfect Pineapple Cucumber Salad

Quick tips on how to tell if a pineapple is ripe:

Don’t judge a fruit by its color!
Ripening stops after a pineapple has been harvested and even green pineapples can be ripe. Repeat: Outside color is not a good indication of ripeness. Instead, look for a plum, fresh looking fruit and leaves. You don’t want to see wrinkles skin.

Pick it up!
A ripe pineapple should feel heavy (lots of fruit and juice) and firm. No soft pineapples, please.

Smell it!
Smell the butt of the pineapple (heh), not the crown. A ripe pineapple will smell like sweet pineapple juice. If there is no odor, it’s probably not a very sweet pineapple, even if the other signs of ripeness are present.

Don’t bother plucking leaves!
Despite the enduring myth, many expert sources say that being able to easily pluck a leaf from the crown is not a reliable indication of ripeness. I confess, though, that I still do it every time. Ha!

3 Responses

  1. Very good!
    I love pineapple, and with this wonderful recipe was much better.

  2. Gmail QA says:

    Thank you for the tips! They are very helpful for me. I often pick pineapple randomly 😀 Sometimes they are not ripe enough 🙁

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