Farther down the page, I posted a query about when pineapple is ripe.
I opened the pineapple that I bought yesterday at the Asian supermarket. This was a Venecia Gold.
It was ripe and quite uniformly sweet. Before I cut it open, it did not have a particulrly strong "pineapply" aroma. Also, the outside was quite firm--so firm, in fact, that I initially wondered if this thing had been frozen and might still have been frozen.
Also, contrary to widespread belief, the ease with which a leaf can be pulled off the top is not an indicator of ripeness. The leaves in this one were in very firm. In a recent "Cranky Consumer" column in the Wall Street Journal, the WSJ CC compared Gold pineapples, and quoted a spokesman for some pineapple growers who said that idea was not true.