Tips for Choosing the Perfect Pineapple

I love fresh pineapple!

It is my favorite summer fruit, but if you are like I am, you may be confused about how to choose a good one. I found this list on Relish! and I wanted to share it.

1. Be alert for two key elements of a ripe pineapple: freshness and deterioration. You are looking for a fresh pineapple, not a rotting one. The stem is the area of the pineapple that feeds sugar to the fruit. It is from here that the pineapple changes color.

2. Look at the pineapple. It should reflect a golden yellow color. The minimum area for this should be on the eyes at the base of the fruit. Never purchase a pineapple that is fully green as it will not ripen well. The higher the color rises up the pineapple, the sweeter it will be. The pineapples in the photo above indicate good coloring

3. Smell the pineapple. If it smells sweet, then it's ready. If it has no scent, it's not ripe. If it smells fermented, it's over ripe!

Check out this great video on how to cut a pineapple. If you don't want to take the time to cut the pineapple into rings, when it's peeled, slice into strips and then into cubes.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJJ-iQkbRNE

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