Friday, May 25, 2012

Fresh Pineapple

Pineapple and its cross sectionPineapple and its cross section (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
   One of the girls at work brought in a fruit salad as a treat one day. In it was the sweetest pineapple I've had in a long time. What made the difference is that it was fresh. It just seemed to melt right in your mouth. I asked her for some pointers, because my budget and experience has been with canned pineapple in various juices or syrup. This was so much better. 
  A tip she gave me, that was quite a surprise, was that instead of using lemon juice to keep fruit from browning (like bananas), was to use orange juice. It still has the acid, but the flavor is so much sweeter and mellower than lemon juice.  Thanks Mary!

Fresh Pineapple Tidbits

How to tell if a pineapple is ripe.  The outside of the pineapple will be yellow and the green top will appear to be drying.  The most telling sign is the sweet smell of the pineapple.  It must be used within a day or so.  Just like bananas, you can buy the pineapple green and then wait for it to ripen.  DO NOT REFRIGERATE A GREEN PINEAPPLE!  It will not ripen.

How to peel a pineapple. Cut off the top of the pineapple about an inch below the crown (green top).  Stand the pineapple on a cutting board. With a serrated knife begin cutting the skin off deep enough to remove the little brown eyes. When finished cut the bottom of the pineapple off.  

How to core a pineapple. Stand pineapple up on cutting board. Cut downward around the core with a serrated knife making wedges. Cut pineapple in chunks. ENJOY!

Refrigerate pineapple after cutting.

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