How to cut a pineapple

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Pineapples are delicious tropical fruits that are rich in vitamins and minerals. They are used in a lot of drinks, desserts and they are even useful in main dishes too. As with most fruits, pineapples are also best eaten fresh compared to its can or jar counterparts. Most people prefer prepared pineapples though, because not everyone knows how to cut a pineapple.

What you will need:

  • Pineapple
  • Sharp knife
  • Chopping board

Here are the steps:

1. Prepare the pineapple

  • Turn the pineapple on its side, on the cutting board.
  • Using a sharp knife, cut off both ends of the pineapple (called the crown and stem).

2. Peel the pineapple

  • Make the pineapple stand on one end.
  • From the top to bottom, carefully slice the skin off the sides as thinly as possible.
  • Follow the shape of the fruit in slicing off the skin so you will not lose the good and sweet flesh.
  • Do not remove the dark spots or “eyes” while peeling the skin off.

3. Remove the eye spots.

  • Cut a groove in the shape of a v along the diagonal line where the eyes are found.
  • You will lose a little bit of pineapple flesh but this is easier than removing the eyes one by one.

4. Cut the pineapple

Circles or rings:

  • Lay the pineapple on its side and cut ¾ inch thick slices.
  • What you will have are pineapple circles with some ridges.
  • The tough core is edible but you may cut it out using a cookie cutter to have rings.

Strips or chunks

  • Have the pineapple stand on one end.
  • Cut from top to bottom into quarters then into strips.
  •  Lay the strips down and cut them smaller into cubes or chunks.

Tips:

  • When selecting a pineapple, smell it from the bottom. The freshest are the ones that smell sweet. Sour odor suggests fermentation which you do not want in a pineapple fruit.
  • Fresh pineapples should not have bruising and the color at the bottom should be golden. The sides can have a little green but majority should be golden in color.
  • Overripe pineapples are mushy and soft which you should avoid.

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