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  • How to Tell if a Pineapple is Ripe. Fresh pineapples can be sweeter and tastier than

  • canned, but offer few clues to determine when they're at their best. To avoid getting a

  • pineapple that is old, you need to know what to look for. You will need Method of transport

  • tags and keen senses. Step 1. Look for pineapples with labels or tags that identify them as

  • "jets" or "jet fresh" if you don't live in the Hawaiian tropics. Pineapples don't get

  • any riper than when they're harvested, and are subject to bruises and rot during transit.

  • The freshest pineapples are flown by jet to their destinations. Step 2. Look for bright

  • gold color on the skin's eyes around the base of the pineapple. It is possible for a ripe

  • pineapple to be green, but it is also possible for a green pineapple to not be ripe. If the

  • pineapple is reddish-bronze in color, it is overripe. The stem end of the pineapple is

  • the ripest, and the higher up the pineapple the yellow color goes, the more even the flavor

  • will be. Step 3. Consider the pineapple's appearance. Wrinkled skin indicates overripe

  • fruit. Step 4. Smell the pineapple at its base. A ripe pineapple will emit a slight,

  • pleasant pineapple aroma. If the pineapple smells of vinegar or acetone, it is beginning

  • to rot. Step 5. Feel the pineapple's skin. A ripe pineapple's skin should be firm and

  • slightly yielding. Mushy skin indicates deterioration. Step 6. Avoid buying pineapples showing other

  • signs of deterioration, such as leakage, mold, cracks, gumminess, and brown, withered leaves.

  • Did you know Pineapples are about 80 percent water.

How to Tell if a Pineapple is Ripe. Fresh pineapples can be sweeter and tastier than

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