Most people are unaware that once a pineapple is picked, it does not ripen any further. How can you tell when a pineapple is ripe and ready for the taste buds? If you want to get it right, there are some little tricks guaranteed to help you choose the right pineapple each time.
While the opinion of many is often conflicted over the accuracy of plucking leafs, some people believe that a pineapple is ripe when a leaf can be plucked from the top of the pineapple without too much resistance. If a leaf comes out too easily, however, the pineapple may be rotten. This method often fails the test.
So how do you choose a good pineapple? There are three factors to keep in mind:
A sweet scent is generally considered the most important aspect of choosing a ripe pineapple. If it has no scent, it’s not ripe. Smell it at the bottom where it sits. Although you want the pineapple to smell sweet, you do not want it to be so ripe that the sweet smell has an alcoholic or vinegar-like taint to it because it means it’s fermenting.
The stem is the area of the pineapple that feeds sugar
to the fruit. It is from here that the pineapple changes
color. Avoid pineapples with wrinkled skin, reddish-brown skin, cracks or leaks, mold, or brown withering leaves. Because the color of the fruit itself can be either golden-yellow or green, choose pineapples with healthy, green leaves. Place the most emphasis on the
pineapple’s healthy appearance.
You want the pineapple to be pretty firm, but soft enough that it gives very slightly when you press down on it. A heavier pineapple means a juicier pineapple. Note that heavier is not the same as bigger.
Pineapples should be well developed with rounded edges and developed eyes. The eyes are the spiked centers of the rough circles created by the geometric pattern on the pineapple. Make sure that the eyes have filled out and are relatively flat.
Always choose pineapples from the growing location closest to you. For instance, if you live in California, Hawaiian or Mexican pineapples will probably be the freshest because they traveled the shortest distance from the plantation to your supermarket.