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.
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 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!