How to Choose and Dice a Pineapple
I adore fresh fruit. I would take it any day over cookies. Especially this time of year. Melons, berries, grapes and pineapples are fresh everywhere you go and I have been living on fruit lately. It can be a little time consuming to eat fresh fruit because of the need to clean them, dice them and store them. It can be easy and I believe the extra work is totally worth it for the freshness of summer fruit!
I decided to make a step-by-step tutorial on how to choose and dice a pineapple because I think that of most of the fresh fruits, it’s probably the one that intimidated me for the longest time. I just wasn’t sure how to pick it out and then when I got one home, I was stumped on how to actually get that core out of there.
To choose a pineapple, choose one that is light brown and golden on the outside. The leaves will be loose but firm and a couple will come out easily when fully ripe. Lastly, smell the pineapple. A ripe pineapple will have a sweet, strong pineapple smell.
Before you get started, grab a plastic grocery sack, a large cutting board, a knife (I use a long serrated knife) and a damp towel…ripe pineapples tend to be pretty juicy so I like to keep a towel nearby for easy cleanup.)
To begin, cut off the top and bottom of the pineapple. Gently cut down the sides of the pineapple, peeling the sides. Cut behind the eyes and clear all eyes from the outer edge of the pineapple.
Repeat for the other quarters.
To dice, cut each quarter into ½” strips and dice according to your preference.