So, how to pick a pineapple that is ripe? Of course the focus is on getting all the pineapple juice benefits, but you want the juice to taste really good as well.
There seems to be little truth in the belief that a pineapple is ripe if a leaf can be removed with ease. There are other, better guidelines to follow when you choose a pineapple.
How To Pick A Pineapple That Is Ripe
Use Your Hands
When you pick up a pineapple, it should feel quite heavy for its size. There should be no soft, mushy spots. There will be some give when you press the flesh gently.
Use Your Eyes
A strong, rich golden color holds the promise of nutrient-rich golden juice. There should be some yellow in the region of the base of the fruit, at least. The higher the color is visible, the more likely you are to get a nice, ripe pineapple full of flavor. The leaves should be bright green.
Use Your Nose
There should be a noticeable, fresh and sweet pineapple aroma around the bottom stem of the fruit. If you notice a smell of fermentation, look for another fruit.
Remember, this is one fruit that has to be ripe when you buy it. It doesn't ripen any further after picking. Now that you know how to pick a pineapple, it is time to learn how to peel a pineapple and how to slice a pineapple.