Fresh Fruit 411

I’m embarrassed to admit this, but here goes: I had to YouTube how to cut up a fresh pineapple when we first moved here. I have always loved pineapple, but had never actually purchased a whole one at home. I’ve stupidly paid extra for the pre-sliced fresh ones and had plenty from the can.

Pineapples are awkward to carry, they are big and sharp and will rip right through your plastic grocery bag, yet another reason to go-green and bring one of your own re-usable bags to the market with you. If you can find some fresh quality pineapples, it’s worth the extra weight.

So, just in case anyone else is as clueless as i was about pineapple deconstruction, here is what I have learned over the past 9 months of living amongst tropical fruits aplenty:

1. Pick out a good one. It should be golden (too brown means too ripe) and have a subtle sweet aroma to it. Since they are prickly and awkward to hold, the squeezing test can be difficult for these babies, go for the look and smell of it.

2. Chop off the top and the bottom. You can use the top for a decorative table setting if you’re so inclined (or if you’re Martha Stewart)

Once the bottom is chopped off flat it’s easier to stand upright.

3. Shave off the edges until your pineapple is completely naked. (If you want pineapple rings you can lay down the pineapple on it’s side and slice away)

3. Keeping your naked pineapple in the upright position cut it into 4 quarters. This allows you to easily trim off the hard core in the center. (why does this sound like fruit porn?)

4.Discard the center and chop up the rest of the quarters into chunks. Voila, delicious pineapple treat.

5. Wait! You’re not done yet! Before you can enjoy that tropical snack you have to clean up that sticky pineapple mess. We put all our extra compost in a compost pile in our backyard. You can learn a bit about composting HERE.

4. Now you can enjoy 🙂

We just finished teaching our classes for the week and now we have a long weekend (off Friday-Monday). I have some big plans for Ross’ birthday on Sunday… stay tuned!

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