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Golden Pineapple


The Pineapple is one of the few fruits that has been recognized not only for it’s delicious flavor and unique texture, but for its appearance as well. Classic European art used the pineapple shape as an adornment on everything from knobs and handles to wallpapers, giving it a place not only in their fruit bowls, but in other areas of the home as well. This fruit was cultivated for thousands of years in various Central American countries, today the production has spread with Hawaii being at the top of the exceptional pineapple producing list. In a nearly cylindrical shape with a hexagonally patterned spiky rind, a pineapple can require a bit of effort to prepare. Most people cut the leafy top off the fruit, and then slice lengthwise into quarters. Cut out the center core and then trim off the rind to enjoy delicious pineapple segments or slices. This is a popular fruit to be eaten raw, though it is often used in a variety of culinary concoctions, with baked ham and pineapple rings, and the famous pineapple upside down cake as notable favorites. The juice is also used frequently on its own, or combined with other fruit juices as a delicious beverage, or garnish to other dishes.


Pineapples ripen quite well either on your countertop or in the refrigerator. They should give a little to the touch and smell sweet and juicy. Pineapples should have a greenish to yellow outer rind with green leaves that may or may not be brown at the tips.