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Think you know plenty about pineapples? Well, did you know that many sailors used to eat this fruit to protect themselves from scurvy during long explorations?

Appearance & Flavor

Pineapple rinds range in color from green to yellow and have narrow, green leaves. The flesh appears white to yellow, is very sweet and juicy, and has a mildly acidic undertone. When selecting a pineapple, you should be able to smell the sweet, yet not pungent, aroma. Pineapples are firm, heavy, and give slightly to pressure. The color should be a golden yellow with healthy leaves, and the eyes should have some dimension to them.

Ways to Enjoy

Say goodbye to summer with one last creative summer dish. Are you a Hawaiian pizza lover? If yes, pizza is another perfect place for your pineapple slices. If not, you can always eat them fresh, roasted, grilled, in salsas, in desserts, or used as a topping for something else.

Availability & Origin

Pineapples are available year-round and peak in the spring. Hawaii is the main producer, but several other countries produce pineapples, including Mexico, Costa Rica, and Honduras.


Keep in mind that the longer pineapple is stored, the more acidic it becomes. When whole at room temperature, eat it within two days. In the fridge in a perforated plastic bag, it will last four days. After cutting the pineapple, store the slices in their own juice in an airtight container and they will last five days. Want more time from your pineapple? Freeze in its own juice in a freezer tolerant bag or container in order to get six months from it. Note that you can lose some flavor in this process.