Juicy, fresh, and always enticing, pineapples are one of the world’s favorite fruits. But do you know how to tell if a pineapple is ripe? Keep reading to learn this and other interesting facts about pineapples.
How To Tell If a Pineapple Is Ripe?
While pineapple hails from tropical and subtropical America, this fruit is appreciated all over the world and used in everything from pastries to sophisticated Pan-Asian dishes.
Telling if a pineapple is ripe is easy if you know what to look for. From the outer appearance of a ripe pineapple to its scent, here’s what you need to keep in mind:
- To determine if a pineapple is ripe, first hold it in your hand: ripe pineapples feel heavy for their size.
- Give the pineapple a little squeeze. A ripe pineapple is firm without being hard. Pineapples that feel completely solid are not ripe.
- Pineapples grow from a central stem. The bottom side of a pineapple is also known as the stem side. Ripe pineapples have a sweet aroma on the stem side, while overripe pineapples smell like vinegar or alcohol because the sugars in the fruit have begun to ferment.
- You should also pay attention to the appearance of the pineapple. The surface of a ripe pineapple is smooth and a little shiny. Pineapples that are opaque or have soft spots are to be avoided.
When Are Pineapples in Season?
If you want the best pineapples, you might also be interested to know that while this fruit is available all year long, the peak of the pineapple season goes from March through July. That’s when pineapples are at their sweeter and juicier.
Plus, enjoying pineapple is always a good idea. Just one cup of pineapple (165 g) provides 78.9 mg of vitamin C (131% of DV), 1.5 mg of manganese (76%), 19.8 mg of magnesium (5%), 0.1 mg of thiamin (9%), 0.2 mg of vitamin B6 (9%), and 2.3 g of dietary fiber (9%).
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