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.