The Pineapple or Ananas comosus is a popular tropical plant known for its sweet-sour tasting fruit. It is named pineapple because of its similarity to a pine cone. It is commonly plated in tropical countries and distributed worldwide. It can actually be grown as an ornamental plant or for consumption purposes. It can be eaten fresh or as an additive to some dishes. Having a good quality pineapple starts on your hand. If you know how to pick a pineapple, you sure could enjoy not just its taste but also its nutritional benefits.
Pineapples can be served in many ways during parties. It can be served fresh or as a smoothie. There are also jams, ice creams, yogurts and candies that are made from pineapple. Aside from the fruits, the pineapple leaves are also used to create textile fibers which are great as wallpaper and components of furnishings.
Pick a Pineapple on it’s Smell
In selecting the best pineapple in the fruit section of your favorite grocery shop, you make use of your sense of smell. The principle used here is what you smell is the thing that you taste. So if the pineapple smells spoiled, you sure will have a spoiled pineapple. Look for a sweet smelling pineapple. Smell the fruit at its base. Before smelling, be sure to assess the base of the fruit first because molds start to grow at this part. If molds are present, do not buy the fruit.
Pulling the Leaves
Second thing to do is to check whether the fruit is ready for consumption or not. You can do this by simply pulling some of the leaves on top of the fruit. If the leaves come lose easily that means that the fruit is ready for consumption.
Color and Hardness
Last thing to check is the color and hardness of the fruit. Look for bright yellow colored pineapple. Do not choose those with brown or black spots. Also, try to press the fruit to see if it is soft already so you can have it. Do not buy green colored pineapple and hard ones as they are not yet ripe and would take some time before it can be sliced up and eaten.
After buying the freshest pineapple in your grocery shop, store them in your fridge. Wrap the fruit in a plastic bag, to trap moisture. Avoid placing your pineapple beside a banana as it will ripen in a short period of time.
Taking in a cup of diced fresh pineapple can give you 76 calories and tons of fiber. Pineapples are also rich in vitamin C, potassium, and digestive enzymes called bromelain. Adding pineapples in your breakfast is a good and healthy way to start your day.