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