Who doesn’t love the sweet, tangy taste of a juicy pineapple any time of year? It’s always delicious no matter what, but you may not be getting the most out. How you prep and store it when you bring it home makes a huge difference. Spoiler: You don’t want to cut it into chunks first!
If you aren’t a regular pineapple eater, it may be time to start. Research shows that the fruit’s juice has the ability to cut down belly bloat, ease respiratory issues like coughing, strengthen your immune system, and finally fade those pesky age spots. The more often you eat it, the better it is for your health.
According to food and home writer Sarah Showfety, the next time you want to store that whole pineapple, consider cutting off the crown and flipping it upside-down instead of leaving it right-side up to “allow the sweetness to disperse throughout the whole fruit.” Why go through that extra step? Food52 writer Ali Slagle adds that the bottom of the fruit tends to have more juice and sugars than the top because it’s the part of the pineapple that’s connected to the larger plant; it won’t redistribute those nutrients to the crown without a little help.
Prepping your pineapple for storage doesn’t have to be too complicated either, and a few easy steps can seal in the fruit’s juices and keep it from rotting quickly. Simply chop off the crown (also known as the top where the leaves are) of your fruit, put the pineapple on a plate with the fleshy top side-down, and then wrap it all in foil or plastic wrap. Leave it to chill in your fridge for two or three days, and presto, you’ve got the juiciest, ripest pineapple to snack on.
It might seem time-consuming to add an extra step, but it’ll be totally worth it when you’re sinking your teeth into that perfect bite of pineapple!