How to Cut a Pineapple

slicing the top off a pineapple

I’ll show you how to cut a pineapple the quick and easy way so you can take advantage of the fresh pineapples available year round in the supermarket ~ thank you 50th State!

Slicing the top off a pineapple

why do you need to know how to cut a pineapple?

Fresh pineapples are one of the most under utilized of all the fresh fruits, especially when you consider that these juicy fruits are available all 12 months of the year right in your regular grocery store. Most of use just breeze right by them because we haven’t the faintest idea of how to cut them, or what to do with them once cut.

Once you’re comfortable cutting up your pineapples you can use the convenient chunks for smoothies, salsas, fruit salads and lots more.

how to choose a pineapple

choosing the right pineapple

A ripe pineapple will be a vibrant green-ish yellow on the outside. If it’s all green, with no yellow, then it’s probably not ripe. Pineapples don’t continue to ripen after they’ve been picked, so choose wisely!

The flesh should be firm with a little ‘give’ when you press it. If it’s rock hard, pass it up.

A pineapple should feel heavy for its size.

It should smell ‘pine-apply’ when you sniff the bottom of the fruit (do this when the produce manager’s not looking.)

whole pineapple with knife

HOW TO CUT A PINEAPPLE

trim the top off the pineapple

Start with a sharp serrated knife. Slice off the spiky leafed top, or ‘crown’, of the pineapple and discard. If the bottom is uneven, slice that off as well.

slicing the top off a pineapple

trim off the peel

Stand the pineapple on end and use your knife to carefully slice off the rind, following the curve of the fruit.

slicing one side off of a fresh pineapple

remove any brown ‘eyes’

Rotate the pineapple until you’ve removed all of the outer peel. Go around with a smaller knife to remove any spiky brown ‘eyes’ left on the fruit.

removing rind from fresh pineapple

slice thick or thin

Slice the pineapple as thick or thin as you like, depending on your needs.

slicing a peeled pineapple into slices

dice if desired

Simply dice the slices! Tip: if you’re making salsa slice the pineapple very thinly first, then cut the thin slices into a very small dice. If you’re using for fruit salad or smoothies, you can make the slices a little thicker.

chopping a fresh pineapple

wait ~ can you eat the pineapple core??

Yes, you can definitely eat the core, it’s perfectly edible and delicious, in fact, it’s particularly healthy! The core contains extra fiber, and bromelain, a healing, anti-inflammatory enzyme found only in pineapples. Bromelain is being actively being studied by the medical community for health benefits ranging from treating infections to cancers. Pineapple has been used in folk medicine for centuries.

Definitely leave the core intact if you’re making smoothies or juicing your pineapple. And once you chop up your pineapple you won’t even notice the core, anyway.

what if I want pineapple rings?

If you do want to remove the core for rings, simply use the tip of a small knife to cut around the core and remove from each slice. You can also buy a special pineapple corer, but I find that it’s just the type of gadget that sits in the drawer, unused.

dipping a chip into pineapple salsa

how to use fresh pineapple

Once you’ve prepped your fresh pineapple you can use it in all kinds of recipes that call for canned or fresh fruit.

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5 from 4 votes

How to Cut a Pineapple

I'll show you how to cut a pineapple so you can take advantage of the fresh pineapples available year round in the supermarket ~ thank you 50th State!
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Yield 8 servings
Calories 57kcal
Author Sue Moran

Equipment

  • large sharp serrated knife

Ingredients

  • 1 ripe pineapple

Instructions

  • Start with a sharp serrated knife. Slice off the spiky leafed top, or ‘crown’, of the pineapple and discard.
    slicing the top off a pineapple
  • Stand the pineapple on end and use your knife to carefully slice off the rind, following the curve of the fruit.
    slicing one side off of a fresh pineapple
  • Rotate the pineapple until you’ve removed all of the outer peel. Go around with a smaller knife to remove any spiky brown ‘eyes’ left on the fruit.
    removing rind from fresh pineapple
  • Slice the pineapple as thick or thin as you like, depending on your needs.
    slicing a peeled pineapple into slices
  • Simply dice the slices! Tip: if you’re making salsa slice the pineapple very thinly first, then cut the thin slices into a very small dice.
    chopping a fresh pineapple
  • Plan to use your cut pineapple within 3 days, or freeze for longer storage.

Nutrition

Calories: 57kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 123mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 66IU | Vitamin C: 54mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although theviewfromgreatisland.com tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.
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  • Reply
    Renate
    January 6, 2022 at 11:50 am

    5 stars
    I always feel like I’m wasting a lot of the fruit when I slice off the sides deeply enough to get rid of all the dark bits. I find myself slicing it more thinly, and then I have to go back and cut out the seeds and stuff I don’t want, either with a knife, strawberry huller, or some such tool. It’s more time-consuming, which is probably why I don’t like to do it very often. Maybe I should be convinced just to waste more pineapple. Am I the only one being this ridiculous?

    • Reply
      Sue Moran
      January 6, 2022 at 1:30 pm

      I don’t slice off the sides very deeply, and then just go back and trim the edges. I do notice that some pineapples have deeper more pronounced ‘eye’s than others, though.

  • Reply
    Ann
    January 6, 2022 at 11:29 am

    5 stars
    We put our pineapples on the window ledge in our kitchen to let ripen and it works every time. We always smell the pineapple bottom at the store to make sure we can smell some hint of pineapple scent, then we fold a paper towel and place that on window ledge with the pineapples on top of each folded paper towel. They continue to ripen and it works like a charm each time! We do only buy pineapples if they’ve already got a little bit of ripening already going on.

  • Reply
    Lola
    January 6, 2022 at 10:07 am

    Don’t forget that pineapple on pizza is THE best!! With bacon or ham of course. But I’m Canadian so it’s a must!

    • Reply
      Sue Moran
      January 6, 2022 at 10:32 am

      I’m with you on that!

    • Reply
      Ann
      January 6, 2022 at 11:31 am

      I LOVE pizza with ham or bacon and pineapple – so yummy!

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