I’m sure you’ve seen people strolling the produce aisle, thumping, sniffing, squishing their produce all in an attempt to pick the perfect fruit. Some of that nonsense is in vain, but some of it will help you on your way to the sweetest, juiciest pineapple you’ve ever tasted!
Pretty Matters: Select a pineapple that is plump and pretty. The leaves in the crown should be fresh and green, and the body of the pineapple firm.
Color Clues: Normally color is a good indicator of ripeness. Not so when it comes to pineapples. The color of the pineapple’s outer shell is not necessarily a sign of ripeness: a pineapple’s flesh can be ripe, sweet, and ready to eat when the shell is still quite green. One thing I do look for is a pineapple that has a lighter color around the base. Other than that, ignore the color of the pineapple!
Smelly is Best: The sniff test works great for pineapples! Pick up the fruit and sniff it at the bottom. A good pineapple should have a distinctively sweet smell. If you can’t smell anything, it’s probably a dud. This is the best indicator I use.
And there you have my fail-proof method to choosing the most delicious pineapple EVER!
Now that you’ve picked the perfect pineapple, here are some yummy recipes to use it in: