“I’ve always had trouble picking ripe pineapples and there’s so much conflicting information about how to select one,” says hobbess. How do you pick a ripe, juicy one every time? Your first clue is the color at the bottom of the fruit, says HillJ. “You should see a healthy yellowing happening from the bottom to as much as midway up the pineapple skin,” says HillJ.
Then there’s the sniff test. “If I smell golden goodness and there is a slight give to the skin it’s a go,” says hotoynoodle. A leaf pulled from the top of a ripe pineapple will come out easily, says jfood. Finally, examine the eyes. “The eyes on a pineapple are the dimples on the outside of the rough skin,” says HillJ. “If they appear gooey, moldy, or imperfect the pineapple is spoiled and it will taste awful.” “See if the eyes are the same size all over the fruit … if they’re smaller by the leaves, it means it had less time on the tree to develop sweetness,” says 4Snisl. “Try to find a pineapple that has large eyes all over—that pineapple had the most time to mature.” “And if it is oozing any juice from the bottom, it’s over the hill,” says Veggo.
Discuss: Picking Pineapples