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I don’t know about you, but I happen to love pineapple.  So maybe you’ll be surprised to find out that I have never (before today) bought and cut up a whole one.  I’m sure you must be wondering what prompted me to do this.  Or maybe you could care less, but I’ll tell you either way.

While shopping and looking for some good fruit to buy for the week, I decided to check out the pineapple.  I usually buy it, pre-cut, from the produce department.  Sometimes I buy the canned, but the taste really does not compare. But anyway, I digress.  I found about 2 cups of fresh, pre-cut pineapple for $4.99.  That is the usual price I would pay, but the fruit itself looked a bit over ripe, so I passed.  That’s when I stumbled upon a whole, uncut pineapple for $2.99!  Now mind you, at this point I really knew nothing about picking the whole fruit, so I left it there and went home to do my research.  And here is what I found out.

All you ever wanted to know about fresh pineapples

Pineapple season is from March to July.  That would explain the good price I found as we are currently in May.  It’s always best to buy your fruits and vegetables seasonally.  They will be the best price and the best quality and the best tasting.

When choosing your pineapple, you want to find the largest one with good color and it should be just slightly soft with crisp, dark, green leaves.  It’s okay if the skin is green.  There should be no squishy or dark areas on the skin and there should be no yellow or brown tipped leaves. Make sure that the bottom is not soft or moldy.  You should smell the bottom of the fruit and it should smell like pineapple.  If it doesn’t it’s not ripe.  It will not ripen anymore after it has been picked.  And you do not want to eat an unripe pineapple as it will cause severe diarrhea and vomiting.

After you purchase your pineapple and bring it home from the store you can keep it on your counter for 1-2 days or in the fridge for 3-5 days.  While it’s true that it will not ripen or sweeten anymore than it already has, it will become softer and juicer.

Cutting the pineapple was much easier than I thought it would be.  I cut off the top leaves and positioned it on its bottom, perpendicular to the counter.  Using a sharp knife I cut the skin away from top to bottom.  Then I laid the fruit on its side and sliced it.  Then I cut each slice around the core, into chunks, after which I discarded the core.

You can store the cut pineapple in the fridge for 3-4 days.  And you can freeze it in an airtight container or a freezer bag for up to 6 months.

A pineapple is a nutritional gold mine

It is loaded with…

Seven Reasons To Eat Pineapple

  • It is anti inflammatory
  • It helps to reduce swelling
  • It helps with wound healing
  • It acts as a digestive aid
  • It helps to ease muscle and joint pain
  • It is good for heart health
  • It helps with allergies and asthma

It is also the only food with measurable amounts of bromelain.  Bromelain is an enzyme.  It’s actually used in meat tenderizers, which makes perfect sense as it is known to soothe and relax tense and inflamed muscles and connective tissues.  You will find most of the bromelain in the skin and the core, the parts most of us throw away.  You can chop up the core and blend it into smoothies but you would need a good, high power blender as the core is rather hard.  If that is something you might do, I think it would make sense to chop up the cores and freeze them for those times when making smoothies.

As wonderful as this fruit is, it’s wise to proceed with a bit of caution.  Because of the bromelain, not everyone does well with pineapple.  Some of you might be allergic to it and some of you might be taking medications that are adversely affected by it.

Signs and Symptoms of an Allergic Reaction

  • Your mouth or skin is itchy
  • You develop a rash
  • You have trouble breathing
  • You develop nasal congestion
  • You have watery eyes

Because of the bromelain, it is common to feel some tenderness in your mouth after eating, but this sensation should go away rather quickly.

Medications That Interact With Pineapple

Be sure to check with your Dr. if taking any of these...

  • Antibiotics
  • Anticoagulants
  • Blood thinners
  • Anticonvulsants
  • Barbiturates
  • Benzodiazepines
  • Insomnia drugs
  • Tricyclic antidepressants

Pineapples were originally found in Brazil and then spread (by the natives) to South America, the Caribbean, and the Indies.  It was discovered in Guadalupe by Columbus in 1493.  He brought it back with him to Spain where it was considered a delicacy.  It is very hard to grow anywhere but a tropical climate and currently Hawaii is the only state in the union to cultivate it.

As you can see, you can get a lot of bang for your buck with a pineapple.  And this sweet, delicious fruit makes a wonderfully nutritious treat coming in at only 82 calories per cup.

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