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Old 07-10-2012, 08:18 AM   #1
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Confused with looking for a good pineapple

I thought it was like bananas.But I read never to buy a green pineapple cause it will spoil before it turns brown/gold.Every store I go they are deep green.I don't get it.I tried the trick where you pick it up by holding a center leaf.It came off easily,so I guess it's ripe.But over 90% is still a deep green.I ripped the crown off & sat the pineapple upside down few hrs ago.
I don't get the "fruits are healthiest when picked fully rippend from the plant."
Wouldn't most fruits spoil by the time they get to market if they are harvested that late?

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Old 07-10-2012, 08:24 AM   #2
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I don't buy the leaf thing. I've found the best method for picking out a pineapple is simply to give it a good sniff. It should smell of pineapple. It should also be golden brown in color with a little bit of green.
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Old 07-10-2012, 08:29 AM   #3
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+1 what Steve said. I sniff. If I can smell the pineapple with a quick sniff, I buy. I do the same with cantelope.
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Old 07-10-2012, 08:55 AM   #4
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...I don't get the "fruits are healthiest when picked fully rippend from the plant."...

Pineapples don't continue to ripen after harvesting. Bananas, on the other hand, only ripen after being cut fro the tree.

Pulling leaves doesn't work. Sniff the bottom and decide.
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Old 07-10-2012, 08:57 AM   #5
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That's what I did.My pineapple is a darker green then the one the guy holds in the vid.

Hope I don't have to wait a whole week lol.The ones at my local stores come from panama & are made by fyffes.I used to get mine canned.But since I quit smoking,it always has a metallic taste.So i'm only getting them whole now.
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Old 07-10-2012, 10:42 AM   #6
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This information comes from the dole pineapple plantation in Hawaii.

Pineapples will get softer after picking, but not any sweeter or riper, so you want to pick the ripest one, that isn't starting to go bad. A pineapple with a strong smelling bottom can indicate that fermentation is starting to take place. That pineapple is starting to go bad. The color doesn't necessarily mean anything. Pineapples start to turn gold when they are ripe, but fully ripe pineapples can still have green on them, and the leaf thing doesn't indicate much except possibly how long it's been sitting on the shelf. Here is how pickers tell if the pineapple is ripe: as a pineapple grows, the little round eyes on the outside are bigger at the bottom and smaller at the top. When a pineapple is perfectly ripe, these eyes are going to be all the same size. THAT is how to find the sweetest ones. So same size eyes on the outside, and one that doesn't have a strong smell is your best bet.
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Old 07-10-2012, 10:49 AM   #7
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That's what I did.My pineapple is a darker green then the one the guy holds in the vid.

Hope I don't have to wait a whole week lol.The ones at my local stores come from panama & are made by fyffes.I used to get mine canned.But since I quit smoking,it always has a metallic taste.So i'm only getting them whole now.
This guy does not know what he's talking about when it comes to pineapples. They do NOT sweeten any more after picking. The produce guy he talked to at the grocery store was right. They are ripe and ready to eat when they are picked. You have to look for the ones that are picked at the right time to find the good ones.
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Old 07-10-2012, 11:22 AM   #8
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What that guy is saying is essentially like saying to leave your apples on the counter until they are brown and wrinkled because that's when they have the best flavor lol. You would laugh at someone who told you that, but since we don't know as much about pineapples, it does sound kind of logical.
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Old 07-10-2012, 12:01 PM   #9
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The "leaf thing" has worked perfectly for me.
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Old 07-10-2012, 12:30 PM   #10
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You are unlikely to see a fully ripe pineapple in most stores. They are too subject to damage and spoilage in shipment. You can't judge by color. Like oranges, they are treated to "degreen" them to suit the market. You mostly have to trust your supply chain. But they are always pushing the harvest date a bit, because you can artificially speed maturity and get a second crop. In my local grocery, the store prepares trimmed pineapple in a bag, using the same stock as the display of whole, which is most often Dole brand. So you do get to "see inside" the current lot by examining the prepared product. They rarely have gassed them to a full golden color, which makes me suspect they are pick at the first moment they can get away with. I don't know much about refined cultivars, so I don't know if the commercialized varieties are bred to firmness as commercial tomatoes are. But I would guess that, again like most commercial produce, they are hybrids and so are of uniform size and all ripen together. (Open pollinated varieties are not as productive but exhibit individual differences in size, ripening, and pest and disease resistance.) So I would guess it's also like oranges in that, no matter that the degree of degreening varies within one lot, they are all equally ripe or unripe, and no external sign would reliably reveal differences.

(Most people have never seen a ripe lime, either. They are yellow.)
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