A perfectly sweet, slightly tangy pineapple is like a one-way ticket to the tropics. Whether you enjoy it in a savory meal or a sweet dessert, this juicy tropical fruit delivers sunshine when you need it the most. And when you buy Whole Trade pineapples at Whole Foods Market, you know they are third-party certified to provide better wages, working conditions and consideration for the environment — so they have a whole feel-good, taste-good thing going for them. If you're new to picking, slicing and preparing pineapple, we have just the guide for you.
How to Pick a Pineapple
How do you know which pineapple to pick? Here are three things to check for when you’re browsing our Produce department:
- Look: Color is not an indicator of ripeness or flavor, so even green pineapples are ripe. Look for sturdy green leaves, and avoid pineapples that look dehydrated or have bruises or soft spots.
- Feel: A firm pineapple with just a little give means it’s ripe. Pineapples are picked at peak sweetness and don’t ripen after harvest.
- Smell: If the base smells fruity, bright and sweet, it’s a winner. (You’ve seen our commercial, right?)
How to Cut a Pineapple
Now that you’ve purchased the perfect pineapple, let’s talk about cutting them. Yes, pineapples have a thick skin that’s covered in spikes and the leaves are a bit sharp, but — hear us out — cutting a pineapple takes just a few minutes and is actually pretty simple. Promise. Here’s how to do it in three easy steps.
How to Store Pineapple
A whole pineapple will keep at room temperature for several days, and cut pineapple should be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator where it will keep for a bit longer. You can also freeze cut pineapple in juice for up to six months.
Our Favorite Pineapple Recipes
Now that you know how to cut a pineapple into bite-sized chunks, what are you going to make? The options are endless. Enjoy as is for a refreshing snack or serve it as a side dish or condiment to grilled meats. Here are our top ways to serve up sunny pineapple
- Pineapple-Cucumber Gazpacho with Shrimp
- Mango-Pineapple Pavlovas
- Fresh Pineapple Salsa
- Pineapple-Chicken Kabobs with Quinoa
It’s also totally fine to pick up our precut pineapple chunks if you’re not in a cutting mood. Whatever helps you get to your tropical state of mind — we’re here for it.