3 Simple Ways On How To Ripen A Pineapple
Pineapples are among the most beloved fruits all over the world. Wherever you go, you’ll surely find a signature local dish or drink that features this citrus wonder. It is a known fact that pineapples are more delicious when they are ripe. This is the part where they are most sweet and juicy.
Whether you want to drink its juice or indulge in its pulp, finding out how to ripen a pineapple can prove to be beneficial for your recipe.
Many rumors go around saying that if the pineapple has already been cut from the plant, there is no way to continue the ripening process. This is not true. In fact, there are many ways on how to ripen a pineapple. Pick one from the list below to enjoy the best pineapple flavors.
How to Choose Naturally Ripe Pineapples
Before we discuss the various ways of ripening pineapples, let us first talk about the natural way of picking out ripe fruit. It is obviously easier to start by picking out already ripe pineapples. Here are a few pointer to keep in mind:
Choose pineapples without any noticeable soft spots.
Choose firm pineapples.
Check the bottom of the fruit. Do not pick it if there already is mold growth, because this means it isn’t 100% healthy.
Try pulling out a leaf from the fruit. If you don’t need to apply effort in tugging one out, that means that the pineapple is already ripe and ready for picking.
Choose ones which have a golden color. The greener the pineapple is, the less ripe it is.
How to Ripen a Pineapple
Now, if you have failed to follow the pointers mentioned above and ended up with a non-ripe fruit, don’t fret. There are plenty of ways to make sure your fruit becomes prime and ripe for opening and eating it.
#Method 1: Upside Down Pineapples!
You read that right. These are important steps to take, so take note. You can do these for all types of pineapples, whether they are green, yellow, or golden as the sun; whether the leaves come off easily or not. Do this for pineapples you bought from the supermarket or even ones you picked out yourself.
- Do NOT cut it open right away.
- Place the pineapple on the counter UPSIDE DOWN. The leaves must point downward - which is impossible, so use anything that can help it stay upright. Doing this lets more of the natural juices to flow to the less juicy parts, bringing more flavor and sweetness.
- Keep the pineapple in this position for one to three days depending on the color. The less ripe (the greener) it is, the longer it has to stay upside down. If you bought one from the supermarket and it already is golden brown, you can just wait 24 hours before removing it from its upside down position.
- Check the part where the leaves start protruding from the fruit. When this begins to turn brown, then you’ll know the waiting is over. This is about the same time as when the rest of the fruit has colored golden brown nicely.
#Method 2: Naturally Sweetened Sliced Pineapples
Now, if you already made the mistake of cutting the pineapple immediately, you can try this method.
Slice the pineapple into chunks or cubes. Place these into a bowl.
Take some natural sweetener (agave nectar is the best option) and mix this with the pineapple chunks. NOTE: Do NOT use refined white sugar (table sugar).
Keep the bowl in the fridge if you don’t plan on eating it right away. If so, you can notice that after a few days, the natural sweeteners will form into a syrup, which makes the pineapples sweet organically. This method is a lot better and healthier than using preserved canned pineapples.
#Method 3: Salted Sliced Pineapples
This might sound a bit odd for some, but it actually works great.
- Slice the pineapple into chunks or cubes. Place these into a bowl.
- Take some salt (sea salt works best) and sprinkle it over the pineapples.
- Keep the bowl in the fridge if you don’t plan on eating it right away.
Note: This method also works well for other fruits, such as cantaloupes and watermelons.
#BONUS: Alternative Pineapple Treats
If you don’t want to do any of the methods mentioned above, you can do other things to your pineapple instead. This include:
- Slice your pineapples and store them in a freezer bag. When you’re in the mood for a citrus drink, take them out and blend them into smoothies. You can then mix them with other fruits as well, such as oranges and apples, or any fruits of your choice.
- For a fun and cold dessert during the summer, slice them up and toss them in the blender. Add some sweeteners and/or milk. Pour the mixture into ice cube trays or popsicle molds. Place in the freezer. Once ready, take them out and voila! You got yourself DIY pineapple popsicle treats.
- If you’re a fan of dehydrating fruit, slice the pineapple and add a small amount of sweetener. Pineapple is also great when used with a dehydrator. The product is a natural candy that’s fun to chew on anytime.
We hope you enjoyed this post on how to ripen a pineapple. Whether you grow them on your own or buy them from the store, now you have more information on how to have juicier, sweeter, and richer pineapples!