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How to Prepare Fresh Pineapple

Updated on September 9, 2014

Fresh Pineapple - Hand Picked and Ready to Prepare

Growing up in the midwest, the only pineapple served at our house was the occasional pineapple upside down cake. Living in the Hawaiian Islands since the late 70s and for the first time experiencing the taste of real fresh pineapple from the field, I have to admit I don't think I've eaten canned pineapple in over 30 years. So I had to get proficient at preparing husband who grew up in the islands showed me how its done.

Fresh pineapple is a favorite tropical fruit to serve at picnics, dinner buffets or any social gathering. If you've ever tasted a fresh, juicy, sweet pineapple, it's a sure bet that like me, you won't want to go back to the canned variety. This page demonstrates how easy it is to prepare fresh pineapple. You'll find preparing fresh pineapple to be as easy as eating one. :)

This photo from the archives of The Honolulu Advertiser, shows a group of Dole pineapple pickers in Wahiawa, HI circa 1971. Ready to prepare fresh pineapple hand picked from the field - it doesn't get much fresher than that.

Prepare fresh pineapple
Prepare fresh pineapple

Prepare fresh pineapple - Step 1

My Island-Raised Husband Showed Me How to Do This :)

To prepare fresh pineapple, you only need to gather three things. To begin, select the freshest pineapple you can find. You will also need a sharp kitchen knife and a large cutting board.

(Photo credit Pam Irie)

To Prepare Fresh Pineapple

Checklist of Things You'll Need:

fresh pineapple

sharp knife

cutting board

bamboo skewers

serving plate or platter

tiki mug (optional)

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Prepare fresh pineapple - Step 2

Lay pineapple on its side. With the knife, cut off the top of the pineapple in as straight a line as possible.

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Prepare fresh pineapple - Step 3

Stand pineapple fruit upright on the cutting board and hold firmly with one hand. Slice a small section of the pineapple in a downward motion, making sure to cut as cleanly as possible to preserve the juicy fruit inside. Turn pineapple slightly after each cut and continue in this manner until all outer covering is removed.

Prepare Fresh Pineapple You Grow Yourself

If you have a compatible climate and soil and a lot of patience, try growing your own pineapple plant. Just twist off the pineapple topping from the pineapple and this top is what is planted in the earth. There are specific steps to doing this, so if you're really interested, just do a quick search on the internet. It's a fun project to do.

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Prepare fresh pineapple - Step 4

Laying pineapple again on its side, slice the fruit in 1/4" to 1/2" slices. When bottom of pineapple is reached, trim as close as possible to the outer covering.

Serve fresh pineapple
Serve fresh pineapple | Source

Prepare fresh pineapple - Step 5

To prepare for serving, cut the pineapple slices in quarters. Place pineapple top in center of serving dish and arrange the fruit around greenery.

Fill a tiki mug with bamboo skewers to make it easy to spear individual serving slices. It's best to serve with plenty of napkins; a fresh pineapple is extremely juicy and easy to prepare. Enjoy!

Another Option!

What is your favorite way to eat pineapple?

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    • Kailua-KonaGirl profile image

      June Parker 

      5 years ago from New York

      Don't forget to stick the pineapple top in some dirt after you cut it off. It will grow into a new plant. It takes about 3 years to produce a pineapple, but you have a nice plant until it does. Just remember in trying this in the mainland to keep in a pot that can be set in a sunny window during the winter.

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      Joan Haines 

      6 years ago

      Fresh pineapple is unmatchably yummy. The flavor just bursts forth. I like it in chunks.

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      6 years ago

      Diced and peppered with red chill powder and salt.... You have to try it sometime! :)

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      6 years ago from England

      After charging across the kitchen with a sharp knife and chopping it into submission, I usually cube it and serve with ice cream. Blessed by a Squid Angel ;)

    • Virginia Allain profile image

      Virginia Allain 

      7 years ago from Central Florida

      I really like your photos which made it very clear what to do. I'm usually lazy and just use the canned pineapple, but it's not nearly as tasty as fresh pineapple.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 

      7 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Yum! There is nothing like fresh pineapple! Delicious. Great instructions. I like eating it immediately after cutting it.

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      Lisa Marie Gabriel 

      7 years ago from United Kingdom

      It's a long job I find - but very worth while! :)

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      7 years ago

      My favorite way is when someone else does all the work! :) Nice how-to descriptions. I GUESS I could actually do it myself. Delicious looking photos, too!

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      7 years ago

      I have an extra couple of steps. Once the covering is off, I quarter the pineapple (getting four long pieces). I then remove the tough inner core with four cuts. Finally, I slice each of the four pieces into bite-sized ones. Yummy. :)


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