Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Pineapple?

Me – well I used to be.

Spiky and intimidating, I was always under the impression that a fresh pineapple was more trouble than it was worth.  Canned pineapple was out, because for some reason it made my mouth itch…ick.

One day I had some fresh pineapple cut up from the grocery as an experiment.  I thought for sure I’d have issues with that also, but I didnt – and man was it good.  I learned something that day – an already cut up pineapple from the deli lasts ONE day…..and you just dont know when they cut it up.

How to Clean a Fresh Pineapple

 

So the next trip to the grocery, I stood in front of the fresh pineapple display and stared at the spiky, thorny things and worked up the courage to take a leap.  I bought one, brought it home, and stared at it some more.  Then I went and found a video on how to clean it, and the rest is history – I always have a pineapple on the counter.

After digging around the internet, I found that I wasn’t the only one who was intimidated.  Pineapple is so good for you, and adding it to your high fiber, fresh food diet is really a great idea.  Here’s some fast nutrition facts:

1 Cup of Fresh Pineapple has:

  • Only 82 Calories
  • No fat
  • Only 2 mg of Sodium
  • 22 Carbs (mostly from the natural sugars)
  • 2 Grams of Fiber
  • 1 Gram of Protein
  • 16 Grams of natural sugar
  • 78.9 mg of Vitamin C (131% of what you need in a day)
  • 76% of your Manganese for a day
  • 28 mg of Omega-3 Fatty Acids
  • 38mg of Omega-6 Fatty acids

I put together a picture tutorial of how to clean a fresh pineapple.  Checking for ripeness is pretty easy.  The husk around the bottom should be more yellow than green, with no smushy or black/dark brown spots.  Once you’ve inspected the outside, grab a spike from the middle of the top of the pineapple. If it releases easily, it’s ripe.

If you have any tips or tricks, let me know – I’m always on the lookout for ways to make my kitchen life easier!

How To Clean A Fresh Pineapple

 

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