Quick and Easy!
Pineapples are a spiky fruit that can be intimidating if you don’t know how to cut one so many people buy canned pineapple instead of fresh. Living in Costa Rica has given us a lot of practice since we eat 2-3 pineapples a week. We’ve tried it all and have figured out what works and what doesn’t. We will show you our favorite method that is quick and easy so you can skip the canned and pick fresh instead!
Canned or Fresh? There is nothing that compares to a fresh pineapple. They are extremely healthy and high in vitamin C and fiber. Canned pineapple also has a lot of vitamin C but it can also have preservatives, added sugar and chemicals. When you can, it is always best to choose fresh over canned pineapple. For more health benefits please visit:
Selecting a pineapple: You can buy a green one and then wait for it to ripen or you can but a ripe one. A ripe pineapple will have a yellowish colour and smell sweet. If the pineapple is ripe you will be able to pull out the leaves in the crown. If the pineapple is all green and you can’t pull out the leaves of the crown then you will have to let it sit on your counter until it is ripe. Be very careful that it doesn’t get too ripe or it will attract a lot of fruit flies in your kitchen.
Preparing: Wash the outside skin of your pineapple very well. You will need a flat cutting surface like a cutting board and a large, sharp knife.
How to cut a pineapple: The video below will detail the quickest and easiest method!
Clean up: Remember to always compost your kitchen scraps! You can even save the crown to plant and grow your own pineapple.