Fruit Care Tips: Perfect Pineapple
The Perfect Pineapple – greenish on the outside and yellow on the inside with a regal crown of green leaves is ripe and ready to eat when you take it home. Before it is harvested, we carefully sample fruit in the field to insure that the fruit now has reached full maturity.
Proper storage is key to enjoying a fresh pineapple. Pineapples store best at 45 degrees Fahrenheit, the refrigerator is the best place for them if you aren’t going to enjoy it in the first days they are in your home. If you plan to eat sooner, you can place it on the counter or table and enjoy the nice aroma that will fill your kitchen. Pop off the leaves and store the pineapple upside down. This helps the sweet juice that has accumulated on the bottom during shipping, flow back to the other end. A pineapple’s flavor is enhanced when eaten refreshingly cold. And don’t forget, once you have peeled, sliced or diced it to put it in the refrigerator to maintain freshness and flavor
The Pineapple is considered one of the world’s healthiest fruits, rich in Bromelain, an enzyme that aids digestion, reduces inflammation and relieves painful joints. The pineapple is an excellent source of Vitamin C, B1 and A, as well as Manganese, Phosphorous and dietary fiber – all support heart health. And for all its sweetness, one cup of pineapple chunks contains only 82 calories!