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How to Cut a Pineapple

Lush with tropical sweetness, pineapples are also armored (literally) with spikes and prickles. The Taste of Home Test Kitchen shares the best way to peel, slice, and chop fresh pineapple to get the most out of the fruit.

By Elizabeth Harris, Contributing Editor

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Expert Tips from the Taste of Home Test Kitchen

  • How to pick a pineapple: These fruits are harvested at peak ripeness—they get their sugar from the root of their plant, so they won’t sweeten any further on your table. Choose a firm one with bright, healthy-looking leaves.
  • How to store pineapple: They do look great on your counter, and ripe pineapples release sweet fragrance into the room. If keeping fruit at room temperature, eat within a few days. Otherwise, store pineapple in the fridge.

How to Cut a Pineapple

1. How to peel a pineapple: The method is similar to peeling any fruit, but on a larger scale, so you’ll probably want a larger knife. Working carefully, cut off crown of the fruit. Stand pineapple upright and cut off the rind using a sharp knife. Cut off the base.

Alt=”Cutting a pineapple from the crown to the base.”


2. Follow the pattern of the eyes to cut diagonal wedge-shaped grooves in pineapple. Remove the wedges.

Cutting eyes off of fresh pineapple.


3. How to slice pineapple: Stand pineapple upright and cut off fruit next to, but not through, the core. Cut pieces into chunks or spears.

Cutting next to the core of a whole pineapple.