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How to Cut a Pineapple

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How to Choose a Pineapple
How to Cut a Pineapple

Photo copyright (c) 2005 by Brett Moore

A good ripe pineapple has much richer flavor and sweetness than the canned variety. Cutting through the hard, bumpy skin (not to mention the unedible core) of a pineapple can seem like a daunting task. In reality, there is a very simple method for peeling a pineapple that will leave you with the most good, juicy fruit. Here is my preferred method for peeling and cutting a pineapple accompanied by step-by-step photos.

Choose a Good Pineapple

When shopping, choose a pineapple that has firm, gold to brown skin (not too green) with green, loose leaves (not brown or wilted). A ripe pineapple will have a strong, fresh pineapple smell.

To peel the pineapple you will need a long knife. I use a long, serrated bread knife because it is slightly flexible making it easier to follow the contour of the pineapple.

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