Sweet, juicy and full of flavor, fresh pineapple is one of our favorite fruits. However, cutting a whole pineapple can be a little intimidating. That’s why we broke the process down into three simple steps. All you need is a sharp knife!
Before You Begin: Expert Tips from the Test Kitchen
- These fruits are harvested at peak ripeness—they get their sugar from the root of their plant, so they won’t sweeten any further on your table. Choose a firm one with bright, healthy-looking leaves.
- They do look great on your counter, and ripe pineapples release sweet fragrance into the room. If keeping fruit at room temperature, eat within a few days. Otherwise, store pineapple in the fridge.
Step 1: Peel the Pineapple
The method is similar to peeling any fruit, but on a larger scale, so you’ll probably want a larger knife. Working carefully, cut off crown of the fruit. Stand pineapple upright and cut off the rind using a sharp knife. Cut off the base.
Step 2: Cut Wedges
Follow the pattern of the eyes to cut diagonal wedge-shaped grooves in pineapple. Remove the wedges.
Step 3: Slice the Fruit
Stand pineapple upright and cut off fruit next to, but not through, the core. Cut pieces into chunks or spears.