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Enjoy this tropical fruit


How to select

Pineapples are picked when ripe and ready to eat. Choose one that feels heavy for its size, has a fruity aroma and crisp, dark green leaves. Avoid dry-looking leaves and soft or dark spots.

How to store

Eat soon after purchase and within three days of cutting for the best flavor.

Peak season

Peak season: spring, fall, and winter









How to use

  • Mix pineapples and cottage cheese together for a sweet and salty snack.
  • Enjoy sweet pineapple slices hot off the grill as a side dish, burger topping or dessert.
  • Try pineapple in a stir fry for some added zest.
  • Make pineapple popsicles by stacking pineapple on kabobs for a kid-friendly snack.
  • Use pineapple to create your own fresh salsa or Hawaiian pizza.

Did you know...

  • Pineapple crowns were placed outside the entrance of Caribbean homes to symbolize hospitality and friendship.
  • Pineapples are a composite of many flowers whose individual fruitlets fuse together around a central core.
  • A pineapple plant will only produce one pineapple each growing season.
  • Pineapples were named by explorers who thought it resembled a pinecone.

How to cut a pineapple

How to Cut a Pineapple

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