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At The Core of It…

Have you started craving pineapple yet?

There is something about pineapples and warmer weather that just seem to go together.  With the unofficial start to summer only a couple of weeks away, those cravings may start soon, if they haven't already!

Whether you are enjoying a freshly sliced pineapple, adding a few chunks to a refreshing smoothie, or incorporating it into a delicious recipe, we want to share a super-easy and convenient way to slice and dice a fresh juicy pineapple.

Several years ago at Christmas, we were the lucky recipients of a pineapple corer.  At first, it seemed like another gimmicky gadget, but let's just say it has become our "go-to" when it's time to slice or chop pineapple.  And, even better, it's easy to clean and doesn't take up a lot of kitchen space!

Check out our video to see why we love this handy gadget!



Is pineapple good for you?

This delicious fruit is a great source of manganese (helps with fat and carbohydrate metabolism and helps regulate blood sugar) and Vitamin C.  Fresh pineapple is also the only known source of an enzyme called bromelain, which studies have shown to reduce inflammation, joint pain, arthritis, and even inhibit tumor growth!


Where do pineapples come from?

If you guessed Hawaii, you will be surprised that very few pineapples in the U.S. actually come from the Aloha State.  At one time, Hawaii was among the largest producers, but it has now fallen far behind other countries such as the Philippines, Brazil, Costa Rica and Thailand.


How do you select a pineapple?

Once they have been picked, pineapples do not ripen or become sweeter.

It is challenging to tell the ripeness of a pineapple simply by its appearance.  You want to choose one that is plump and heavy for its size.  It should have a bright green spiky crown, golden yellow body and, ideally, a sweet aroma.  You want it to have a firm shell, yet be slightly soft when you squeeze it.  It is best to avoid pineapples that have bruises, soft spots or dry looking leaves.

While we have also been told to pull out one of the spikes towards the middle of the crown and, if it pulls out easily, it is ripe and ready to eat, this actually has NOT been a good indicator or ripeness for us.


How do you store a pineapple?

You can store a pineapple on the counter at room temperature for a couple of days, but after that it is best to store it in the refrigerator where it will stay good for 3-5 days.

Once the pineapple is cut, it should be stored in a covered sealed container in the refrigerator and will keep for another 3-5 days.



Most importantly, what are the best ways to enjoy a pineapple?

First, don’t throw away the core!

You can use the core to add some flavor to a simple pitcher of fruit-infused water!  Add the pineapple core, sliced lime or your favorite fruit to a pitcher of water.  Keep it in the refrigerator and enjoy a cool glass of water with a citrus kick!

And, of course, there are so many incredibly delicious, mouthwatering, easy-to-prepare pineapple meal ideas on Eat REAL America!


Easy Pineapple Salsa - according to an Eat REAL America member, "This is the bomb - so yummy we could eat the whole bowl!"  And, our daughter took this to a class party at school and the kids ate it all and wanted more (so it's definitely kid-friendly).

Then, use the Easy Pineapple Salsa to top meals like the the Jalapeno Burger or Steak Tacos!

You can also enjoy some of these amazing meals...

Tropical Salmon Sandwich

Baked Pineapple Oatmeal

Hawaiian Fajitas

Sunshine Pineapple Rice

Pineapple Chicken Quesadillas

Hawaiian BBQ Turkey Pizza

Pineapple Pork Fried Rice

Tropical Pork Cuban Sandwich

Baked Pineapple Chicken Kabobs

Pineapple & Sausage Quinoa

Mexican Pineapple Salad

...and so many more!


What are your favorite ways to enjoy pineapple?

We hope this helps make it even easier to enjoy pineapple in your REAL meals!


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4 Responses to At The Core of It…

  1. Just bought one and it looked as if not very ripe because was still very green but inside was delicious! I still use the pull leaf every time I buy one. I used it in kabobs last night and enjoying fresh pineapple with meals! I freeze any that I don’t’ eat in time for smoothies in the summer! Thanks for the tip on corer. I have debated on getting one.

  2. I haven’t seen that fancy pineapple corer before? I think my cooks might laugh at me if I brought one into work. lol But wow, I know Jen would love it. When ever we get a pineapple she always tells me when it’s time for me to peel the pineapple… And thanks for all the nutritional facts. great stuff!! And congrats, this one didn’t break on you!! lol

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