I think just about everyone would agree that there is nothing quite like a fresh, juicy, ripe pineapple.
Fresh pineapple is delicious on pizza, bbq'd on a skewer with vegetables, in a fresh fruit salad, and of course, just eating some with your fingers piece after piece.
- Smell the pineapple right at the base. It should have a sweet, pleasant aroma. If it has more of a vinegar-like smell, don't buy it…it is beginning to rot. And this is also true...no smell, not ripe.
- No withered leaves in the crown, they should be fresh and green.
-The body should be firm with just a little give, not soft and wrinkly.
- Is it heavy? A heavy pineapple is a juicy pineapple…just like picking an orange. Feeling heavier is different than finding the biggest pineapple. Let several sit in your hand with your palm up, and you will notice a difference.
- No mold, no mold, no mold!
-Refrigerate your pineapple if you are not going to use it right away.
*Note: And just for the record…pulling a leaf from the top is not the correct way to choose a ripe pineapple. I found that out the hard way!
And remember…it's easier to encourage healthy eating when the food is delicious.
Enjoy your pineapple!