Pineapples may just be the best fruit to enjoy during summertime! They're sweet, juicy and make a great addition to any barbecue or summer party. However, there is an easy way to make pineapple even better, and it's all in the way you cut it.
Picking Your Pineapple
Selecting a perfectly ripe pineapple is all in the color of the leaves. A bright green means the pineapple is ripe and ready to be enjoyed. If you're unsure if the leaves look green enough, apply some pressure to the skin of the pineapple. If it yields, it's also ready to go!
To ensure your pineapple is sweet from top to bottom, begin by cutting the top off of the pineapple. Then, turn the pineapple cut-side-down on a plate then cover it with aluminum foil or plastic wrap. Refrigerate the pineapple upside down for 2 or 3 days for optimum sweetness.
The reason for this upside down storage is to bring the sweet juices that rest in the bottom of the pineapple time to trickle down to the remainder of the fruit! Such a simple idea brings such sweet results.
Now it's time to remove the tough inner core of the pineapple. Start by slicing the pineapple in half from top to bottom, then slice it again lengthwise into quarters. This will make it very easy to remove the core from each of the quartered pieces.
This video shows the cutting process from beginning to end, and even shows you how to make pineapple rings!
The Pineapple Of My Eye
Cutting a pineapple may seem like a daunting task but with this easy guide, you'll be snacking on this sweet treat sooner than you know it. No matter how you choose to enjoy it, we all are grateful to the Hawaiians for introducing this one-of-a-kind fruit to the world!