We LOVE fresh fruit at our house, and one of our favorites is pineapple! Actually, pineapple is good for much more than eating, too! Did you know that pineapples…
- Help to fight off colds
- Help strengthen bones
- Promote good gum health
- Aid in digestion
- Prevent hypertension
I’m sure there are many other uses, too…but those are the ones I can spout off the top of my head! (OH! The pineapple is also a symbol for hospitality!)
But the one thing about pineapples are that they are pretty hard to “get to”. The fresh ones, that is. And I’m referring to slicing them. Now, I’ve been slicing them up for years, but the other day, my friend saw a fresh pineapple I had sitting on my kitchen counter, and she informed me she would never buy a fresh one because she had no idea how to cut it. I was a bit surprised, and then I started to think, how many people don’t know how to slice one? Hence, this post!
So, you need a pineapple (I know, I’m hilarious), a cutting board (pineapple is actually good for keeping up wooden cutting boards, so I grabbed my bamboo one) and a very good knife.
I slice off the top and about two inches below it…
…and you’ll see what I do with THAT at the end of the post!
Then off comes the bottom…
…and then I slice it in quarters.
I find it’s easier to finish off when it’s quartered up. Because then the core and the rind both can be sliced off with no problems!
If there are any spores left, I grab my peeler and pop them out!
Then I slice up what’s left!
And sometimes I like to leave some large slices with the rind still on!
Once it’s all sliced up I seal it all into some food storage containers and right into the fridge. We like it cold the best!
Now, remember the top of the pineapple I sliced off at the beginning? I’m building a pineapple garden!
Because you know you can plant the tops of pineapples and they grow a whole new plant! Cool, huh? And I can’t wait until I can just walk out into my backyard and cut a fresh pineapple from my pineapple garden!
So there you have it. How to slice a pineapple. How do YOU slice yours? And what’s your favorite fresh fruit?