How to Pick a Perfect Pineapple Every Time!

The fact is, picking a pineapple can be tricky. They are a fruit that stops ripening as soon as they are harvested and they are coming to us from Hawaii, Peurto Rico, Honduras and Mexico. If they were shipped at the peak of their ripeness, we are likely to end up with bruised pineapples on their way out. Meaning, we are more likely to find slightly under-ripe pineapples in the grocery stores. That being said, there are a few things you should know to help you choose a the best piece of fruit possible.

1. Color doesn’t mean much

And by much, I mean anything. Color doesn’t mean anything. The color of the outer shell is not an indicator of ripeness or maturity of a pineapple.

2. Stop Plucking leaves

I’ll admit it, I am the lady in the grocery store squeezing, smelling and pulling leaves out of produce. I used to always choose my pineapples based on the ease of pulling out a leaf from the top. Turns out, if your leaves are popping right off, the pineapple is past it’s prime and you’ll be better off picking another instead.

3. Use your eyes

The leaves on the crown should look green, healthy and fresh. So many pineapples in the produce department if leaves that look old and wilted, don’t pick those ones.

4. Give it a feel

You want your pineapple to feel plump and firm. If it’s soft and squishy, its probably on it’s way out.

5 thoughts on “How to Pick a Perfect Pineapple Every Time!

  1. Rose P.

    I read your tip on how to pick the perfect pineapple. I agree with you when you said to stop picking leaves, but you stated # 1 that color doesn’t mean much. I believe color is one of the most important indications of the ripeness of the pineapple. You have to look closely at the skin. The majority of it should be “golden yellow” not green. And watch out for brown, that means it rotting. Look at little closer next time you pick a pineapple, you’ll see want I mean. The more yellow means it’s ready to be eaten.

  2. Ashley

    I base mine of color . I don’t want any green or brown spots mostly yellow and form
    Filling. I also smell the bottom
    Of the pineapple. If
    You can smell sweet pineapple it’s 90% of te a very good pineapple. Sometimes you can’t smell anything and I wouldn’t buy that one

  3. Kelly

    We hosted a German exchange student recently. While grocery shopping together, she taught me a new way to pick pineapples. She picked up the pineapples and sniffed the bottom of the pineapples. We bought the one that smelled sweet and ripe! It worked!

  4. Ellis

    I don’t mind how they look or smell in the store. At home I put them upside down (yeah, at the leafs) so they ripen equally and will not become brown at the bottom and stay hard on top…

  5. Chelle S.

    I go by smelling tyne bottom of the pineapple to see how sweet it smells, then I look at color. I try not to buy the greener ones unless I plan on using it a bit later so it has time to ripen. I prefer the more yellow/golden ones.


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