Pineapples are a sweet source of vitamin C, but you cannot enjoy the benefits of this tasty fruit if you don’t know how to select one at the store. The quality of a pineapple depends largely on the moment of harvest. Pineapples do not continue to ripen after they are picked, so it is important to know how to buy them. Fresh pineapple can be stored in the refrigerator up to five days.

Check the color. Avoid buying a green pineapple because it may not have been fully ripe when picked and might not be as sweet. A good pineapple will be bright with a uniform color. The only place you want to see a different color on a pineapple is at the bottom. A yellowish base indicates that the pineapple was picked when the sugar inside developed so that it should be sweet.

Check the pineapple’s shell. Pineapples should have a firm shell and should not have soft or dark spots.

Inspect the “eyes” of the pineapple; they should not be watering. If there is liquid leaking from the eyes, this indicates that the pineapple might be overripe.

Smell the pineapple. A ripe pineapple should have a pleasant fragrance. If you find a pineapple that doesn’t have a pleasant fragrance it could mean that the fermenting process has begun and you should not purchase it.

Try to remove a green spike on the crown of the pineapple. If can be easily removed, it’s a sign that the fruit is ripe.

Tips

  • Fresh pineapple can be stored in the refrigerator up to five days.

  • Pineapples are an excellent source of vitamin C.