Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Tuesday’s Tip: Selecting and Storing a Pineapple

Fresh pineapple is one of nature’s sweet treats! But do you know the best way to purchase and store your pineapple? A service J&J Foods and Fresh 'n Frugal are glad to provide is to core and peel your pineapple. If you’ve ever tried to do this at home, you know that this isn’t the easiest of chores. Just ask one of our great associates in the Produce Department and they will be glad to do this free of charge!

Selecting a Fresh Pineapple:
Select one that is plump and fresh looking. Fresh, green leaves in the crown are a good sign. The body should be firm, not soft. The larger the pineapple, the greater proportion of edible fruit. However, that doesn’t mean necessarily that it is better tasting or any riper than smaller fruit. It just means there is more of it.

Something interesting about pineapples … they can be ripe and have a green shell. Ripening halts at harvest and pineapples are picked at the peak of their ripeness. So even a green pineapples can be ripe!

Storing a Fresh Pineapple:
A whole pineapple can be stored at room temperature and should be eaten within a few days. Once cored and cut, the pineapple needs to be refrigerated and will last 4-5 days.

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