If I have to be honest, pineapples are definitely my favorite fruit. That’s at least one thing my girlfriend and I agree on. While blueberries, bananas, and apples are all great in their own right, pineapples just take the cake when it comes to being the best, at least in my humble opinion.
But one thing that always seems to get my goat is that when I buy a pineapple at the grocery store, I often have to wait a week until it ripens to the point of being sweet enough to devour.
However, unlike other fruits, pineapples don’t ripen after they’re picked. They stop. So if they weren’t juicy and ready when picked from the tropics, they’re not going to get much better with time.
But according to a trick published on Food52, you CAN do something to make pineapples sweet. Let us pass on the secret below.
You can make your pineapple sweeter in just a few easy steps.
- Cut the top of the pineapple off.
- Flip the pineapple upside down onto a plate. Make sure the cut side is facing down.
- Cover the fruit with aluminum foil or plastic wrap. Refrigerate the tropical treat for 2 or 3 days.
- Take it out of the fridge and enjoy a sweeter more juicy fruit.
So why does this trick work?
It’s actually because of a basic principle of physics. Gravity.
If you’ve ever experimented with a pineapple before, you might have noticed that it is sweetest and ripest at the bottom. That is where it is connected to the tree after all.
But when you turn your pineapple upside down and give it time, gravity simply sucks the juices through the rest of the fruit and spreads out the sugary sweetness so you can enjoy more of it.
Cutting a pineapple can be a challenge for some people. It’s my belief that this is the main reason most people don’t buy it from the grocery store.
As someone who pines the prickly fruit at least once per week, I find the best way to cut it is to chop off the top and the bottom. Then stand it on its end. With a paring knife, shave off the skin. Make sure all the prickly pieces are removed.
Then with your knife cut around the core of the pineapple. The core goes from top to bottom. It’s very grisly and shouldn’t be eaten. Once that’s done, just slice your pineapple into bite-sized pieces. This makes it manageable for any dish or drink.
So what do you do, once you made your pineapple riper and sweeter? Make a Pina Colada! It’s the perfect summer drink…
Take 1 1/12 ounces of white rum, 1 ½ ounces of coconut milk, 2 ounces of fresh pineapple juice, freshly squeezed juice from ½ a large lime. Put all of this in your blender. Now pop in 4 cups of ice and blend.
When your delicious drink is all mixed, serve it with a fresh slice of pineapple and a maraschino cherry for good measure. This garnish will get devoured just as quickly as the tropical drink itself.
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