Three Tips to Use on Your Next Shopping Trip to Help You Choose a Perfectly Ripe Pineapple
At Chestnut Hill Farms, we take steps to ensure our pineapples are delicious and perfectly ripe all year round. Our Perfect Pineapples are monitored for sugar content and harvested at the peak of ripeness to ensure the sweetest, most flavorful pineapple on the market. In case you can’t find a Chestnut Hill Farms Pineapple on your next shopping trip, we put together three tips to help you choose a perfectly ripe pineapple!
1. The Heavier the Pineapple the More Juice Inside!
The weight of a pineapple might actually help you decide how ripe it is! When a pineapple feels heavier, it means there is more juice inside of the pineapple, and more juice means it will be sweeter. You can also gently squeeze the sides to check the ripeness of the pineapple as well. A ripe pineapple should feel firm but still have a slight softness to the outside when squeezed.
2. Ripe Pineapples Should Smell Sweet
We promise nobody will judge you if you smell your pineapple at the grocery store. When a pineapple is ripe it should give off a sweeter scent near the stem. If you can’t smell anything, it might mean that the pineapple is not quite ripe yet. If it gives off a smell of vinegar or alcohol, the pineapple could be too ripe and is starting to rot.
3. Looks Can Say A Lot
The crown of a pineapple can tell you a lot about its health. If the leaves are brown, yellow, or anything other than green, chances are it is not a healthy and ripe pineapple. Another trick is to pluck a leaf off the top of the pineapple, if it comes off with ease, it is ripe!
Don’t be concerned if your pineapple isn’t yellow, ripe pineapples are commonly green. Once a pineapple is harvested, it cannot ripen anymore. Our Perfect Pineapples are picked as soon as they hit peak ripeness and are often more green than yellow. So don’t worry about letting your pineapple ripen more after you bring it home. You can enjoy it right away!
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