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How to pick the perfect Pineapple

How to pick the perfect Pineapple

How to pick the perfect Pineapple

Have you ever asked yourself how do I know if this pineapple is ripe? Or maybe you have  Honestly, there no better tasting pineapple than the fresh variety. If you've never tried it, you don't know what you're missing! Keep reading, to learn how to pick the perfect fruit. It's probably easier than you think.


A pineapple's color isn't the most accurate indication of when it's ready to eat. But, it goes a long way in giving you an idea of those too ripe to purchase. If the outside of the fruit is still predominantly green, that pineapple still needs a bit of time to ripen to perfection.

Alternatively, if the pineapple is completely yellow, it typically means it's overripe and starting to get mushy.

How to pick the perfect Pineapple

Squeeze – Ability

Because pineapples get softer as they ripen, try this. Simply give them a squeeze to get a feel for whether or not they're ready to enjoy. Select a plump pineapple with unwrinkled skin. In addition, look for one that has just a bit of “give” to it. When it's too firm, it's under-ripe and lacking in flavor.


A tried and true way to get to the bottom of pineapple ripeness is to check the small fronds on top of the fruit. If you can easily pull out the middle leaves, it's a good indicator that the pineapple is ripe enough to eat. However, if the top is mushy AND the leaves pop out with ease, the pineapple has probably started to rot.


The most reliable way to pick out the perfect pineapple is to smell the bottom of the fruit. When it's ready, it has a pleasant, sweet aroma. If you don't smell anything, it’s not ripe. One the other hand, an overpowering smell means the pineapple is past its prime. Leave it on the grocer's shelf.

These are four easy ways to help you choose the perfect (fresh) pineapple. Once you taste this yummy treat, I can almost guarantee you'll never serve canned again. It really IS that delicious!

How to pick the perfect Pineapple

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  1. What an infomrative read. I for sure did not know there was a way to pick the perfect Pineapple since I thought they were all like :0 Thank you for informing me of this

  2. Lia Mae

    I did not know the smell tells you when the pineapple is ripe, I’m going to try this now. I won’t come home with an unripe pineapple again. 

  3. Anna

    Great tips all around! I didn’t know about how to do this!

  4. I feel like I always strike out when trying to pick a good one. I think this will help me next time I go to try and get one!

  5. One of my favorite fruits is fresh pineapple. I usually just grab one out of the bin, and hope for the best. These tips will help with taking a gamble on getting a good fruit.

  6. I am such a picky produce buyer. I always smell, squeeze and check over my fruit and veg. This was very insightful, thank you!

  7. Ha! I have never thought about buying pineapple because I can’t eat fruit anymore. When I was in high school I remember eating pineapple though. It was our good luck fruit in boarding school. We would eat it before exams! ha! And hey, I passed, so um, must have worked?!

  8. Joanna Clute

    Fresh pineapple is my favorite fruit to snack on. I have a spiral cutter just for it!

  9. Lavern Moore

    These are some tips that I already put in practice on how to pick a perfect pineapple. So I can attest that this is great advice.

  10. Love these tips and tricks to picking the perfect pineapple! Thank you. Seriously nature’s candy 😍

  11. Kristine Nicole Alessandra

    Thank you for posting this. I have trouble picking the perfect pineapple. Either I get one that is too sour or I get an overripe one. I will use these tips next time I buy one.

  12. i never knew how to pick up the pineapple. thanks for sharing your tips!

  13. Lauren Ash

    Pineapple is my go-to for summer! This is so helpful, I never knew how to tell if a pineapple was ripe!

  14. Becca Wilson

    I had no idea that there was so much that went into picking a pineapple. I will definitely keep these in mind!

  15. Elizabeth O

    Honestly, maybe because I grew up eating the stuff, I just have my own inner radar that tells me the best one to get. I prefer ones that are not fully ripe so I can have them ripen in my kitchen.

  16. wow great tips to pick a perfect pineapple i always try to get best one but some times i got fail but after read your post i feeling confident to get best one

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