Ah glorious pineapples. They would have to be the crowning glory of summer and all things tropical. But once you take one of these gorgeously fragrant fruits home, do you struggle with what to do with it? If so, you’ve come to the right place. Here’s your guide to pineapples, including a step-by-step video on how to cut them, and some zingy, fruity recipes.
Best way to cut a pineapple
Guide to pineapples
Choosing pineapple: Look for pineapples with nice and firm skin free of bruising and soft spots. Also check that the base leaves are still green.
How to store pineapples: pineapples can be left at room temperature for a couple of days until they reach your preferred skin colour. If the pineapple is at optimum ripeness, wrap in a plastic and store in the fridge for a few days. Once cut, pineapple can keep in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 6 days.
Hooray for frozen pineapple: Pineapple freezes well, ready to add to smoothies or to snack on during a hot summer day. To freeze pineapple, peel and cut it into chunks, place on a baking tray lined with baking paper and freeze (be careful to not let the pieces touch each other). Once frozen, transfer to a zip-lock bag or airtight container. It will now keep up to for up to 6 months. To be sure, label your container or ziplock with the date placed in the freezer.
Health Benefits of Pineapples
This tropical fruit is an amazing source of vitamin C and manganese. Providing more than 100% of your daily recommended daily intake of the vitamin. Plus it’s packed with disease-fighting antioxidants. Pineapple makes a great post-prandial snack as it contains a good amount of digestive enzymes.
Zingy pineapple recipes to try