Pineapple: Bring the Tropics to Your Table!
- Pineapples are grown year-round (with peak season from Marchâ€“July) in tropical and subtropical climates across the globe. Most of the pineapples available in the U.S. are sourced from Hawaii, the Philippines, Costa Rica, Thailand or Malaysia.
- Pineapples need approximately 18 months to grow to maturity.
- Pineapples are picked by hand and shipped upside-down to help protect the fruitâ€™s appearance and quality.
How to shop for it:
- Select fresh pineapple that is free from bruises, softened spots and undesirable odor.
- Instead, choose pineapple that is fragrant, heavy, firm but yielding slightly when pressed and symmetrical.
- Choose pineapples with â€ścrownâ€ť leaves at the tuft that are green and crisp. Keep in mind that the ability to pull leaves off the pineapple does not indicate a certain degree of ripeness.
- The color of the outside skin of the pineapple is very similar to the color of the pineapple meat inside. Your best bet is to find a rich, light yellow pineapple!
- The â€śRed Spanishâ€ť pineapple is a lesser-known variety which is somewhat smaller and less cylindrical than the classic â€śCayenneâ€ť pineapple.
How to store it:
- There is no further ripening of pineapples after they are picked.
- Whole fresh pineapples are chill-sensitive and are best kept at room temperature for up to four days after purchase.
- Cut pineapple should be put in the refrigerator (below 40Â° F) within 2 hours after cutting and can be stored there for up to two days. Or, it can be placed in freezer (below 0Â° F) within 2 hours after cutting and can be stored there for up to one full year.
How to prepare it:
- Using a large serrated knife, cut off the stalk at the tuft, then cut the pineapple into quarters. Trim about 1â€ť of the inner core off each quarter, then remove the outer skin, keeping as much of the yellow meat as possible. Cube or serve as-is!
- Pineapples can also be cut into rings. Twist off the leaves and cut off the top about 2â€ť into the pineapple. Stand the pineapple upright and remove the skin by cutting strips from the side of the pineapple with a downward motion. Cut the pineapple into 1â€ť sections widthwise and use a round cutter to make a hole in the middle of each ring (discarding the ring centers).
How to eat it:
- Pineapple lends a tropical feel to any occasion. Add it onto pizza or into stir fry for a touch of summer!
- Pineapple does well in refreshing cool beverages. Blend it with other fruits in your next smoothie, squeeze some pineapple juice into cold water for a lightly flavored drink, mix with coconut milk for a more tropical taste or garnish your glass with a pineapple slice.
- Put pineapples on kebab skewers and sprinkle with shredded coconut, then drizzle lightly with melted dark chocolate. Freeze overnight.
- Add pineapples, apples and cinnamon to your morning bowl of oatmeal.
- Grill out with pineapple rings! Grill on a heated, oiled grate and add to your favorite sandwich or burger.
- Mash or dice pineapple for use in your next salsa. Pineapple, mango, tomato, onion, and avocado go well together as your next go-to chip dip.
- Each serving of pineapple is only 70 calories.
- Pineapple is rich in manganese and vitamin C (111% of the daily recommended value of vitamin C per serving).
- Contains the enzyme bromelain which has been linked to decreased inflammation in the body, including possible protection against inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).