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Thank you, this was so helpful! I would have never thought of removing the eyes this way!
Love fresh pineapple but always struggled with the prep, not anymore. Thanks :) :)
Thank you so much! This is a great family story. And now I no longer have to struggle while trying to remove the brown spots.
I buy a nearly golden one that smells good and leave for a couple of days, upside down if I can. They do seem to sweeten a bit, turning more golden, and not so itchy when perfectly ripe. 10 for 10? Production line and chop chunks into freezer bags for smoothies or fruit salad. I hear you can grow another pineapple from the top part!
Hi Susie, according to the experts (and the growers themselves), pineapples do not actually get any more sweet after they are picked (unlike bananas). They will soften though, and turn more yellow over time.
Yes you can grow it from the top — I have one that is about 1-1/2 years old now, and it is HUGE!
I’m Cambodian and this is how my mom has taught me how to cut a pineapple. Sure, it takes a while to get it done but you waste hardly anything. My daughter is currently 4 months old. You bet I’ll teach her how to do this one day when we start cooking together.
Our market has 10 for 10.00 right now, how do you keep 10 pineapple!
I worked over in China several years back. When we would buy pineapple from a street vendor, they would shave it right there, then pull out a V-shaped knife and cut the eyes out in this spiral fashion. My coworkers and I would just take the big chunks of pineapple and eat them as we walked home. I really wish I could find one of those knives over here! Those spiral corers don’t get to the really sweet part very well.
you can probably just use a lino cutter found at an art supplies shop. That’s probably what they use TBH. Careful though, those are sharp.
I just bought a pineapple to add to my smoothie. I’ve never cut a fresh one before. Thanks for the tips on how to cut a pineapple. It worked great!
I LOVE my fresh pinapple from the local farmers market here in Atenas, Costa Rics. I try to use the WHOLE thing – I cut off the top, peel away some of the leaves at the bottom, then plant it; I cut out the center, hard part and puree it in my blender then make fruit leather from it – yum and easy to do in an oven!; AND i will now use your spiral method to cut out the eyes – even though the goats here on my finca (ranch) will not be as happy (they get all the left over stuff!)
This is how we cut pineapple in Southeast Asia. We rub the pineapple with salt then rinse it clean before eating, to get rid of “bromelain” (pineapple enzyme) that cause itching on the tongue.
My sister does not like pineapple, so that is more for me! Mom peels it, and cuts out each eye and she is fast at it. She also saves the peel of many fruits to flavor baked goods. Right now there are strips of lemon out on a rack to dry. She chops them, or lets them get really dry and put in spice grinder. Yummy to the tummy!
Will definitely try this method for cutting pineapple. I find if I buy green pineapple, it will eventually ripen if left on the counter. Pineapple is very high in digestive enzymes. Most of those are in the core. The core becomes very edible the riper the pineapple gets so don’t throw it away!
Hello Brenda, as mentioned in previous comments, a green pineapple left to sit will eventually change color and get more soft, but it will not get any more sweet than it was when it was picked. ~Elise
This is the correct way! Everyone in Thailand & China knows this, everywhere you go to buy a pineapple they will cut it this way for you. It is common knowledge, but I have never seen it in the west.
Watch the movie “Only Yesterday” by Studio Ghibli…the pineapple scene will strike a chord :)
What? A Studio Ghibli movie I haven’t seen? Yikes, will put it on my must see list! ~Elise
Just a couple of weeks ago I read to store the pineapple upside down, a bit difficult to do, and it turns golden. Works. We buy fresh pineapple often.
Planting the pineapple top is one of the best ways to gain an immediate new plant in your garden (have done it with success in Florida). Even if it does not bare fruit, it is a nice bromeliad garden addition that requires little care. Another suggestion I learned when in Peru: boil the pineapple skin and all the eyes, basically all the trimmings that you would discard in a pot with water that covers all by one inch, once boiled for about 10 minutes, strain, sweeten with sugar to your liking, cool and you have a delicious pineapple flavored beverage that extracts all the flavor of the fruit (agua de piña). No waste.
this is how we peel pineapples in the philippines, but when i am lazy i just do it the quick and easy way. one thing i always do though is to rub the whole pineapple with salt then rinse it. it helps get rid of that slimy thing that causes itch.
I was lucky enough to travel and live abroad for almost 4-years in my mid twenties. I spent a good chunk of that time in Thailand where they had the most wonderful, luscious fruit. I learned how to cut pineapples by watching the Thai fruit sellers and loved that they managed to preserve much of the coveted flesh. It’s nice to see you passing the information on. Makes for a much prettier presentation too!
And now for something completely different… I give the pineapple handle to the dog. He thinks it’s a demon monster and it keeps him entertained and out of the kitchen for several minutes and out from under my feet. It gives me time to try the “barber pole” technique to remove those eyes. Great tip! I always hated cutting up pineapple as I felt I was wasting too much of the outer goodness. Now I know I was right.
I second that a pineapple will not ripen after picked. In fact after being picked, the pineapple starts to go downhill. I received this information from the Maui Gold pineapple tour. So picking the ripest one (yellow, not green) and eating it soon is the best bet.
I stand corrected. From the Hawaiian Crown, “Pineapples are individually hand-picked when they are fully ripened. Once pineapples are harvested they do not continue to increase the sugar content internally but the shell color will turn more yellow or golden.” This explains why they continue to change color, but they do not get more sweet. ~Elise