The exquisite flavor and aroma of fresh pineapple along with its tropical appearance make this a welcome addition to any cook’s menu. Pineapples are rich in vitamin C, are naturally fat free and are the only known food source of bromelain, an enzyme with anti-inflammatory properties.
Pineapples are picked when ripe and do not ripen after harvest. In selecting a fresh pineapple choose one that is plump and heavy for its size. Store whole fruit at room temperature. Cut pineapple lasts a couple of days if placed in a tightly covered container and stored in the refirgerator.
Twist off the crown. Cut pineapple in half and then into quarters. Trim off ends and remove the core. Carefully, trim the pineapple from the shell, then slice into desired size chunks. Pineapples are versatile and can be enjoyed raw or cooked.