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How to Select and Prepare a Pineapple

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by Ryan Pockran (subscribe)
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Published February 16th 2015
Pineapples - need to know tips
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Mareeba Gold Pineapple


The pineapple is the only edible member of the Bromeliad family and was first sampled by western taste buds on Columbus' second journey to the New World on the island of Guadeloupe in 1493.

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Postcard showing a pineapple farm in Nundah 1893


First grown in Australia on a commercial scale in Nundah and later in Kangaroo Point, St Lucia and Fortitude Valley the small Rough Leaf Pineapple is said to have come to Brisbane with German missionaries in 1838.

Today the Queensland pineapple industry has adapted to changing market conditions and produces a range of modern pineapples like the Mareeba Gold that their grower, Piñata Farms, say: "have a sweet and succulent, bright golden flesh with low acidity and a mild, pleasant aroma". These fruit are more typical of the type of pineapple you are likely to come across in the supermarket or fruit shop these days.

Pineapples take around two years to grow and are high in vitamin C, are a good source of dietary fiber and manganese.

Once harvested pineapples do not continue to ripen or get any sweeter. The following steps may help to determine the ripeness and condition of a pineapple.

The pineapple should have a sweet smell without any scent of fermentation; if it has no smell it is not ripe

The colour of the pineapple can give some indication of whether it is ripe although some varieties are considered to be ripe when they are green, a balance of green and yellow seems to be right most of the time

A pineapple should feel heavy for its size and have no cracks, bruises, mould, leaks, brown patches or withering leaves if the leaves are present.

The eyes should be fairly flat

When squeezing the fruit it should feel firm with a little give

The shorter a pineapple has travelled to market the better condition it is likely to be in

Preparation

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Remove the ends with a sharp knife

How to chose and prepare a pineapple, fruit, pineapple, Brisbane pineapple industry, Nundah,

Stand the pineapple on its end and cut into quarters

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Cut off the core from the quarters

How to chose and prepare a pineapple, fruit, pineapple, Brisbane pineapple industry, Nundah,

Lie the quarters flat and cut slices through the fruit but not the skin

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Slice along the skin towards the middle of the quarter then turn the quarter around and repeat

How to chose and prepare a pineapple, fruit, pineapple, Brisbane pineapple industry, Nundah,


The prepared fruit can be kept in the fridge for up to six days in an airtight container although it is best used sooner rather than later.
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