Mmm…There’s nothing like sweet, juicy pineapple, ESPECIALLY a fresh one as opposed to the canned version.
What about the time you brought home that whole pineapple and after putting the other groceries away…
You looked over at the pineapple with your mouth all fixed & ready to enjoy that sweet succulent flavor, grabbed the knife and cut that bad boy open.
And although the aroma made your mouth water with anticipation…
You took the first bite only to find yourself with a frowned up pucker; all thanks to a SUPER-tart, nowhere NEAR sweet, absolute DUD of a pineapple!
Ugh. That was a MAA-jor disappointment, wasn’t it?
I know honey, I KNOW!
But I have something that might help you not have to go through that ordeal again.
Psst…did you already CUT your pineapple only to discover it isn’t sweet?
Not to worry. Simply click here and read tip #6 to find out what to do in that case! But after you read that, I highly recommend that you scroll those beautiful little eyes right on back up here and read the entire article so you’ll know what to do the NEXT time you buy one! 😉
Have you heard that once a pineapple is picked from the tree, it can ripen no further?
Me too. Whether or not it’s true, I don’t know. But I DO know that the tips I’m about to share with you pretty much always sends me in pineapple bliss!
I mean, it won’t hurt you to try ’em and see what happens, right?
Right. So let’s get to it, shall we?
Helpful Tips For Sweet, Juicy Pineapple
1. Choose one that does not have noticeable soft spots
Try to get one that’s firm all around, since spots usually indicate bruising or possibly rottenness. Not to mention, pineapples with bruising spots will attract fruit flies even more!
2. Avoid Moldy Bottoms
A lot of stores have pineapples with gross, moldy undersides. But when/where possible, get pineapples that have nice, clean bottoms. This is optional, but if you’re ‘moldaphobic’ like me, you’ll find it necessary.
Besides, someone once told me that mold on food actually begins on the INSIDE. I’ve never tested that theory, so I don’t know if it’s true or not… but it kinda stuck with me and therefore, moldy food is a no-go for me even if you can “just cut it off”.
3. Give a Leaf A Tug
If you tug on a leaf or two and it pulls out almost effortlessly, that typically means you’ve got a pretty good one there. Not always, but to be on the safe side, be sure to perform tip #5 even IF the leaves pull off easily.
4. Go For The Gold
Unless you’re don’t mind waiting a few days or so, get a pineapple that is golden as opposed to really green. The more green it is, the less ripe it is. But if you get a green one (as I have many times) you can still get some sweetness out of it with this next tip…
5. Stand It On Its Head
Whether you get a green or golden brown pineapple… easy-to-pull-off leaves or not-so-easy… once you get the pineapple home, do NOT cut it open right away!
Instead, sit it on the counter UPSIDE DOWN (that’s right…with the leaves pointing downward) and if need be, prop it up or in between something so that it stays up and won’t slide down.
Leave it for 1-3 days, depending on how ripe (golden brown or green) it is at the time of purchase. The less ripe it is, the longer you’ll want to leave it.
If you purchased a green one, you’ll notice that the color will begin to change from that bright green to the golden brown that you want.
Try to wait until the portion where the leaves protrude out has turned brown as well.If your pineapple was already golden brown when you bought it, then allow it to sit upside down for at least 24 hours.
What this does is allow the juices to flow to the part of the pineapple that is usually the least juicy and sweet – the top, where the leaves stick out.
If you’re reading this AFTER you’ve already cut the pineapple and/or none of the above tips worked for you; grab your sweetener of choice (try to ditch the refined white sugar for a natural sweetener), cut up your pineapple, place into a bowl and gently mix it up well!
Be sure to keep it refrigerated, IF you don’t eat it all up in one day!
You’ll also notice that after about a day or two that it forms a sort of “syrup” that’s way better for you than that stuff in a can!
Here are a few other suggestions for it as opposed to tossing it:
– Cut it up, put into a freezer bag and use for smoothies later. If you drink orange juice, blend some with OJ for orange-pineapple juice.
– Blend with sweetener of your choice and make pineapple pops, using popsicle molds or ice cube trays!
– If you own a dehydrator, slice it up, mix with a little sweetener of choice, and dry it out for pineapple “candy”
Bonus Tip: DON’T toss out the core!
When cutting your pineapple up, slice up the remaining core and put into a freezer bag and keep it in the freezer. Then, when making fruit smoothies, fresh juice or meal replacement shakes, blend a slice or two of the core into the smoothie or shake for a delicious, pineapply treat!