3 Ways to Tell If a Pineapple Is Ripe (and Sweet) Before You Buy It
Some fruit can be tested for ripeness easily, and in just a few seconds. A tomato? Color and feel are dead giveaways. A banana? Easy. Other fruits, not so much. Like watermelon, pineapple is a fruit that has more secret clues to ripeness than obvious ones.
Unfortunately, the texture of a pineapple is not a good way to tell if it's ripe, according to Emanuela Vinciguerra, a pineapple farmer and educator at Kumu Farms, which grows tropical fruit on the Hawaiian Islands of Molokai and Maui. "For pineapple, it's not really the feel," she says. "Even when it's really ripe, it's kind of hard."
So how do you know when a pineapple is ripe and ready to eat? Skip the squeeze test and check out these other pineapple attributes that are far more useful.
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How to Store Pineapple
Should you put a pineapple in the refrigerator? "Never!" Vicinquerra says. She advises keeping green pineapples out of the refrigerator, period, no exceptions. But she softens her stance for fully ripe yellow pineapples.
"When the fruit is ripe and it has turned all yellow, that's the only time you can put a pineapple in the fridge."
Even so, she recommends that you eat refrigerated pineapples within a tight window—three to five days maximum. And keep them in the crisper until you're ready.