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How can you tell if pineapple is ripe?

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asked Jan 23, 2016 in Food and Drink by Jody
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Determining whether or not a pineapple is ripe is a bit more challenging than with some other fruits. 

 

Pineapples are somewhat unique among fruit in that they stop ripening the minute they are harvested. This is because their sweetness comes from starches that they get from the base of the plant. Once they are removed from the plant, their access to these starches is cut off and the ripening process comes to a halt. [1] Because of that, you can't buy a pineapple that is not ripe at the store and expect it to ripen with time. Instead, they need to be ripe and ready to eat when you buy them.

 

Here are some of the most effective ways to tell whether or not a pineapple is ripe:

 

1. Smell the base of the pineapple. You should be able to smell a subtle pineapple smell from the base. If you can't smell anything, it means the pineapple is not ripe. On the other hand, if it smells like vinegar or acetone, it means that it has started to rot. [2]

 

2. Look for a pineapple that has green, fresh leaves at the crown. The body of the fruit itself should be firm with a slight amount of give. Any sign of mushiness means that it has begun to rot. Likewise, if it is super hard to the touch and doesn't give at all, it probably is not ripe. [1]

 

3. Look at the color of pineapple. While green pineapples can sometimes be ripe and delicious, they are more likely to be unripe. You should play it safe by looking for a pineapple that has at least a little bit of yellow or gold coloring. Because pineapples ripen from the base upward, the further up the pineapple the yellow color goes, the more even the flavor will be throughout the entire pineapple. Beware, however, of reddish colored pineapples since they are usually overripe. [2]

 

Here is a great video that discusses other ways to tell whether or not a pineapple is ripe:

 

 

References:

 

1. http://www.dole-plantation.com/Selecting-a-Pineapple
2. http://www.howcast.com/videos/398345-how-to-tell-if-a-pineapple-is-ripe/

answered Jan 23, 2016 by blueskies (57,070 points)
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A pineapple will not ripen any more after it is picked. So, when you are at the market, you want to choose carefully to get the right one. 

Look for healthy looking ones with no withering leaves, skin that is leaky or cracked, and definitely no signs of mold. Avoid ones with skin that looks reddish-brown. Leaves should have a healthy green. The skin should be green-yellow to golden yellow, but skin color is not a reliable sign of ripeness, so don't avoid ones that look green.[1]

When you see one that looks healthy, pick it up and smell it. A ripe pineapple should smell sweet, but not overly sweet so that it has as fermented smell to it. [2]

Finally, give it a little squeeze. A ripe pineapple should have a little give.

Some people think that by storing your pineapple upside down (after you remove the leaves) for a few days, the sugar from the bottom with flow through the pineapple and make it sweeter. This is unproven, but you can try it to see if it is true. Store it in the refrigerator. [3]


 

[1] http://www.dolefruithawaii.com/Articles.asp?ID=143


[2] http://www.wikihow.com/Tell-if-a-Pineapple-Is-Ripe


[3] http://www.nytimes.com/1982/04/21/garden/a-guide-to-choosing-a-ripe-pineapple.html

answered Jan 24, 2016 by turker88 (23,620 points)
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Pineapples have always been a very confusing fruit to me. I learned a long time ago that the way they look on the outside does not indicate how ripe they are on the inside. How, then, do you pick out the perfect pineapple?

 

Look for pineapples that feel firm and have green leaves [1]. If you are going to eat your pineapple within a few days, it is fine to keep it at room temperature. Otherwise, put it in the refrigerator.

 

There is a misconception that you should pull leaves from the crown of the pineapple in order to determine its ripeness [2]. Some people believe that if you can pull out the leaves easily, the fruit is ripe. This is not true, however, so do not try this tactic.

 

References:

 

[1] http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/blog/whole-story/how-pick-perfect-pineapple

 

[2] http://www.dole-plantation.com/Selecting-a-Pineapple

answered Jan 24, 2016 by Unckelli (50,310 points)

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