I love eating fresh cut pineapple by itself or using the juice in cocktails. Sometimes I enjoy it with ham or in some Asian dishes. Pineapple is the second most popular tropical fruit after the banana. It’s flavor is tart, sweet and juicy. It’s a delight to eat when at its ripest. Sex Factoid: Pineapple improves the flavor of a man’s love juice! So they say.
How to Select:
Pineapple is available fresh, canned, dried, and crystallized. When selecting fresh pineapple, choose one that feels heavy for its size and has a plume of fresh green leaves. The rind can be dark green, yellow, or reddish yellow but it should not contain any bruised or brown spots. If you are looking for sweetest fruit, the color beneath the diamond pattern should be bright yellow without a trace of green. A ripe pineapple will have a fragrant scent. Avoid fruit that appears withered and whose leaves are turning brown.
How to Store:
Whole fresh pineapple can be stored at room temperature for 1 or 2 days but is very perishable so should be consumed as soon as possible. It can be placed in a perforated plastic bag and stored in the refrigerator for 4 to 5 days. It can be peeled and then sliced or cubed and stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2 or 3 days. Sliced or cubed pineapple can be frozen if stored in an airtight, freezer bag in its own juice. When frozen, it has a tendency to loose some of its flavor.
How to Use:
Fresh Pineapple Juice: using carved fresh pieces at to a blender. You may add a wee bit of water. Strain the and add your favorite adult beverage.
To grill, heat wedges on a lightly oiled rack until barely charred, about 2 minutes per side.
Or, serve chunks nestled in a pineapple shell that has been split in half lengthwise, green plumes still attached, and carved from within, leaving a layer of pineapple intact against the rind.
Combine diced pineapple with chopped shrimp, grated ginger and a little olive oil. Season to taste and serve this fragrant shrimp salad on a bed of romaine lettuce.
Mix diced pineapple and chili peppers for an easy to prepare salsa that's an exceptional complement to fish such as halibut, tuna and salmon.
Drizzle maple syrup on pineapple slices and broil until brown. Serve plain or with yogurt.
Chopped pineapple, grated fennel and cashews go well together and are especially delicious as a side dish to chicken.
Pineapple is a wonderful addition to fruit salads, especially those containing other tropical fruits such as papaya, kiwi and mango.
Pineapple can be cut and peeled in a variety of ways. Regardless of how you proceed, the first step is always to remove the crown and the base of the fruit with a knife.
How to Carve
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To peel the pineapple, place it base side down and carefully slice off the skin, carving out any remaining "eyes" with the tip of your knife. Or cut the pineapple into quarters, remove the core if desired, make slices into the quarters cutting from the flesh towards the rind, and then use your knife to separate the fruit from the rind. Once the rind is removed, cut the pineapple into the desired shape and size.