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.