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How to Cut Up a Pineapple - Enjoy Fresh Fruit From the Field and Not From a Can

By Edited Nov 10, 2015 4 10

How to Cut Up a Pineapple

Fresh Fruits are Important to a Healthy Diet

Once you learn how to cut up a pineapple, you can enjoy this fresh tropical delight often. I love all fresh fruits, but this tropical delight is awesome and one of my favorites. Fortunately, they are available fresh all year long, and they can be purchased at an economical price. Typically, I find the best price for them at one of my warehouse stores:  Costco, Sam’s Club, or BJ’s.

While preparing this fresh fruit requires some work to get to the succulent fruit, it is well worth the effort. And once you have mastered how to cut up a pineapple, you will find it easy to serve this great fruit, and enjoy the many health benefits it offers. And many diets, like Paleo, Engine 2, Weight Watchers, etc., all allow, and encourage, eating fresh fruits. So, if you are trying to improve your diet, by eating minimally processed foods, you will want to learn to prepare this fresh fruit.

Some grocery stores have a gadget that will remove the skin and core for you. Or, you could purchase a corer to be used at home. Some of the corers work well, but you will lose some of the tasty fresh fruit when you use them. There are many opinions on how to cut up a pineapple; following, is the method that I use.

Follow These Step-by-Step Instructions on How to Cut Up a Pineapple

Things you’ll need:

Soft bristled brush and/or paper towels
Cutting boards
Sharp knife

Warning:  This is a knife intensive job; please be careful.

How to Cut Up a Pineapple – Wash Before Cutting
1st step - how to cut up a pineapple:             
Wash the fruit carefully; remember any bacteria on the outside could be carried to the inside when you slice into it. I wash it under running water, using a soft bristled brush and/or paper towels. Also, run water over the green top. Then, pat the fruit dry, using paper towels.




How to Cut Up a Pineapple – Cutting off the Top
2nd step - how to cut up a pineapple:   
Place the fruit on a cutting board, and slice the green top off by cutting it approximately one inch below the bottom of the green. Set the top in a dish of water for now. Later, you can place it in potting soil for it to root. These plants are fun to watch, as they grow, and they add a Hawaiian flair to your decor. A friend of mine actually had hers grow large enough to produce a fruit. Or, add the green top to your compost pile, if you are not interested in rooting it.


How to Cut Up a Pineapple – Cutting it in Half
3rd step - how to cut up a pineapple:     
Set the fruit up on its bottom. Now, slice down through the center, lengthwise, being careful not to let it slip. You now have two halves.





How to Cut Up a Pineapple – Cutting Into Quarters
4th step - how to cut up a pineapple:       
Slice the halves into halves again, making quarters. Slice off the bottom of the fruit. Now, slice these pieces into half again - but not lengthwise (see photo). 




How to Cut Up a Pineapple – Cutting Out The Core
5th step - how to cut up a pineapple:       
Place a piece of the fruit on a clean plate, or another clean cutting board, and slice down, lengthwise, cutting out the core.





How to Cut Up a Pineapple – Removing the Skin
6th step - how to cut up a pineapple:
Using the tip of the knife, remove the skin from the fruit. These pieces of fruit can then be divided into smaller pieces for serving. (Don’t forget to add these fruit skins to your composter.)




Pineapple Chunks in a Bowl
7th step - how to cut up a pineapple:
Continue cutting the fruit in this manner, place the pieces in a glass bowl, and store in the refrigerator. 






In Closing

Now, that wasn’t so hard, was it?

If this article on how to cut up a pineapple was helpful to you, then please check out some of my other articles.



Sep 29, 2011 4:14pm
This was very helpful to me. I have avoided fresh pineapple for years because I didn't know how to cut it up. Thank you!
Oct 10, 2011 8:43am
I avoided fresh pineapple for years, too. Then, one day I was shopping and the fresh pineapples looked and smelled so good, I decided that I was going to do it. I brought a pineapple home that day, and I have been enjoying fresh pineapple since then. I hope my article helps. Thanks for commenting.
Oct 1, 2011 3:56pm
My family enjoys fresh pineapple, it is much better than canned! This is very helpful information!
Oct 10, 2011 9:16am
Thanks for reading and commenting on my fresh pineapple article. I hope my tips on cutting up a fresh pineapple will be helpful to those who have not tried preparing them at home. I agree, there is a big difference in taste between fresh and canned.
Oct 3, 2011 11:47pm
I love fresh pineapple. Just reading your article made my mouth water!
Oct 10, 2011 10:20am
Thanks DD, fresh pineapple is good!
Oct 4, 2011 3:13pm
Good tips on cutting a pineapple. I just did one myself, but I think your way of cutting it is much better. I saved the top, going to try and root it.
Oct 10, 2011 10:49am
Thanks for commenting, Lynsuz. Good luck with rooting your pineapple top, another bromeliad plant. Let me know how it grows.
Oct 8, 2011 11:24am
I agree with diva...love fresh pineapple but never purchased it because I thought it would be a hassle to cut up. But next grocery trip I will buy one and try this method. And I never thought to try to plant it...can't wait to try that too!
Oct 10, 2011 2:17pm
Good luck with your pineapple! I know you will enjoy the taste - they are good from the can, but much much better fresh. I don't have a green thumb with houseplants, mine live for a while and then they look sick. I think it is because I water them too much.
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