If you like piña coladas—you probably love pineapple. Once you cut into a pineapple, its sweet, juicy flesh is irresistible. But most likely, unless you're enjoying it with others, there will be leftovers. The fruit definitely needs to be refrigerated after it's been cut. It should last a few days when properly stored in the fridge, but of course, always rely on your senses to decide if it's still good to eat.

Purchasing Pineapple

Pineapples do not continue to ripen once harvested, so select the freshest-looking fruit to ensure a longer shelf life. When purchasing whole pineapple, look for one that's golden brown, feels heavy for its size and gives off a pleasantly sweet scent. Pass on pineapples that are bruised, have a soft, soggy bottom, have withered, brown leaves or appear dry.

To Refrigerate or Not To Refrigerate: Whole Pineapple

Whole, uncut pineapple is best stored at room temperature, where it lasts for two to three days. Before using pineapple that's been sitting out for three days, examine it carefully for signs of spoilage. If the bottom of the pineapple has become soft and soggy or the fruit is giving off a pungent sour smell or a scent like alcohol, throw it out. Whole pineapple that shows no signs of spoilage after sitting at room temperature for three days can be stored in the refrigerator for one to two more days. Wrap the pineapple tightly in a plastic bag and store it in the crisper section of the refrigerator.

Refrigerating Cut Pineapple

Cut pineapple should be stored in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator for up to three to four days. If you purchased pre-cut pineapple, abide by the prepared date to determine its shelf life. If the flesh of the fruit has turned a darker gold color, is giving off a chemical smell or has a sour and vinegary taste, discard it.

Freeze It

Cut pineapple can be safely stored in the freezer for three to five months. Store it in a tightly sealed, freezer-safe container or storage bag and label the container with the date to keep track of when it should be used. Frozen pineapple is perfect for blending into a smoothie.

About the Author

Christina Kalinowski

Christina Kalinowski is a writer from the Twin Cities who began her career in 2011. She contributes food and drink related articles to The Daily Meal. She holds a Master of Arts in sociology from Purdue University.