How to Pick the best Pineapple

How to Pick The Perfect Pineapple

Pineapples are delicious fruits which have some wonderful health benefits, especially for those who suffer from osteoarthritis. There are a few tricks that you can use to pick out a perfectly ripe and tasty pineapple.

1. Check the colour. Look for a pineapple which has golden coloured skin. This means that the pineapple is ripe. Avoid those which are completely green. Pineapples ripen from the bottom up, so be sure to choose one which is yellow at least halfway up.

2. Smell the pineapple. You can tell ripeness from simply taking a sniff of the base of the fruit. If this smells sweet like pineapple juice then it is perfectly ripe. If it has hardly any smell at all, this means that It isn’t ripe enough yet. If it has a musty, or fermented smell like vinegar, then it is going bad and you should avoid this one.

3. Check the leaves. If the leaves on the top of the pineapple look dried out and break when you touch them, then this pineapple is going bad. Be sure to use these tips when choosing your healthy pineapples. It’s best not to store your whole pineapple in the refrigerator until they are perfectly ripe. Then simply peel and slice these and store in an airtight container in the fridge.

Did you know that pineapples contain a powerful protein extract called bromelain? This is a natural pain killer and works especially well for joint pain. To learn more about the health benefits of pineapple juice, please see our article.