Thursday, October 23, 2014

How To Choose A Fresh Pineapple

I think just about everyone would agree that there is nothing quite like a fresh, juicy, ripe pineapple. 

And just about the best way to enjoy a fresh, ripe pineapple is to know how to pick one out correctly at the market.

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.

 Here are just a few steps that will help you pick the perfect pineapple:

- 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 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!

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