A sweet topless pineapple's skin is rough, with scale-like segments; each scale has a sharp, pointed tip which curls upwards. Its skin colour varies from creamy-green to yellow-orange with our flesh colour pale yellow to golden yellow.
As well as high levels of Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Bromelain, Manganese and Potassium, fresh pineapples deliver a delicious taste and help support a balanced diet.
HOW TO PICK
Select a pineapple that is plump and fresh-looking. The body of the pineapple should be firm. The larger the pineapple, the greater the proportion of edible fruit, but a larger fruit won’t necessarily be better tasting or riper than a smaller one.
The color of the pineapple’s outer shell is not necessarily a sign of maturity or ripeness: a pineapple’s flesh can be ripe, sweet, and ready to eat when the shell is still quite green. Ease in pulling leaves from the crown is not a sign of ripeness.
HOW TO STORE
Once the pineapple is picked, it won’t ripen any further or get any sweeter, so they are often picked ripe. The sooner they are eaten, the better. But if you don't plan to use your fresh pineapple right away, store it in your refrigerator, where it will keep longer.