Pineapples will not ripen once picked, so select carefully and use your nose. Ripe pineapples give off a sweet, fresh, tropical smell. Avoid pineapples that give off an unpleasant odour or have any soft spots or areas of dark discolouration. Avoid green ones as they will not be sweet.
Pineapples can also be bought cut and cored - check for any brown discolouration indicating the fruit is fermenting. Use your nose as a guide to how sweet it is.
Store whole in the refrigerator for 3 days in a plastic bag or peeled for up to 5 days. For longer storage, the fruit may be frozen; just remove the rind and core and cut the fruit into chunks.
Tips & Tricks:
If you have a cold and can't smell the pineapple but want to eat it for its high Vitamin C content, to test for ripeness pull one of the green spiky leaves. If it can be removed easily from the crown it's ready.
To maximise the efficiency of the anti-inflammatory enzyme bromelain in the pineapple, it should be eaten on an empty stomach between meals.
Fresh, chilled pineapple served with mint salsa (see recipe) and topped with shavings of fresh coconut (or, for those not concerned with their weight, coconut icecream). YUM!