Saturday, April 2, 2011

How to Tell if a Pineapple Is Ripe

I have discovered, from my own long time pineapple eating experience, that the best pineapples i have eaten were bought in the tropics. I believe that the most hot tropical areas produce the most sweet pineapples.

The best and sweetest pineapples I've eaten were in Thailand, they were so yummy, and i enjoyed them daily, almost always sharing their goodness with Mango. One day, i bought a big pineapple, at the markets in Bangkok and i had it pealed and cut up into neat peaces and placed into a plastic bag. I was not very happy with the fruit in the plastic bag, as i believe they are toxic, leaching toxins into my fruit. Never the less, i had no choice, i was not prepared for facing a fruit in plastic bag, so i accepted my pineapple could be slightly toxic, possibly much less, than the Bangkok air, full of heavy metals, due to busy traffic.

While i was contemplating the unavoidable toxins i waited for Mango to turn up at our meeting point. I didn't wait long, and when i spotted Mango in the crowd of people, walking toward me, the toxic issue left my mind. I greeted Mango from a distance, happy to see him, also happy that i could start eating the pineapple, sharing it with him. He smiled back at me and when he could hear me, i waved the plastic bag full of cut up pineapple as patriots wave flags of their country, and i euphorically yelled at him: "Look i got a pineapple for us to share". "Oh, no, i am sorry, I'm not hungry" said smiling Mango. "Oh no, I've got the biggest pineapple, being so sure you are going to share it with me, well, not too worry i will eat what i can, and throw the rest away." I like to eat my fruit fresh, and as soon as possible after it is cut up or juiced. We walked a very short distance to hail down a tuk-tuk and we traveled in the open carriage through heavy traffic full of heavy pollution while i was feasting on very sweet and tasty pineapple. I was sure, i could not eat it whole, but to my big surprise i did. I had no burning sensation on my tongue and lips, which is the usual occurrence after i eat about 1/4 of pineapple.

It was a big problem for me to get a good pineapple during the years i lived in Sydney, dreaming of the good ones i ate while traveling in far north Queensland. Despite the great pineapple aroma and rich yellow orange colors, the pineapples available in Sydney were never sweet enough. I was able to eat about 1/5 of one and then i juiced the rest. Surprisingly enough, juiced pineapple never gives me unpleasant burning sensations.

I learned that all rules written on picking sweet ripe pineapple, have exceptions. I've had pineapples with aroma of pineapple heaven and of the most radiant colors, yet inside they were a very big sour disappointment. I've had pineapples with deep green colored skin and no aroma and they were some of the best pineapples i've ever had. It was not even bought in the very hot tropics, but in a Czech supermarket. When my relative, whom i was visiting, brought the deep green pineapple from the shops, i thought to myself, this guy has no clue, how to pick a good pineapple, i would never have picked that one. Oh, how i was surprised, when i tasted pale yellow fruit. I surely learned my, not only pineapple lesson, to not judge a book by it's cover. I also learned there are varieties of green skinned pineapples. Oh boy, they are so tasty.

So how do i choose the best and ripest pineapples? I experiment. I take risks. I remember where i bought the best and sweetest pineapple and i always go back to the same source. Now, after one year of living in far north Queensland, i know that the best local pineapples come from Werner, a stall holder at our local markets. He also has the best papaya as well. Another best pineapple we know of is from a friend of a friend, he grows them and as soon i saw them i said, these are top pineapples and yes, they were, they had the look, the aroma and the taste. Unfortunately, even though we've tried, we haven't yet been able to organize regular deliveries yet.

Believe me, i have a lot of pineapple experience, it is one of my favorite fruits and i am blessed to eat and drink them abundantly since i moved into fruity Australia and turned into an ethical fruitarian almost twenty five years ago.

So don't be afraid, investigate, turn into a pineapple detective. It is worth it. Sweet well ripened pineapple is a true delight.

There are many links throughout the internet, referring to how to tell if a pineapple is ripe, and they can be very useful, yet, i would not bet on them. As with everything, the best is through ones very own experience. In nature, they are many exceptions to the rules.

Surely i can go on, and keep telling you my pineapple stories, but you may prefer to get off the computer and have a look at what the sunshine is doing.

Life is beautiful.

healthy fruit

pineapples and other yummy fruits in our kitchen


healthy fruit

chempadek pineapple

chempadek, pineapple, and other sweet fruit


Unknown said...

Hi Kveta!

Thank you very much for your insight on pineapples. The pineapples are very expensive right now, $4 each, so it may be a little while until we get to experiment. But meanwhile I have another little question for you. Do you and Mango ever drink wine? I remember you sometimes drink fermented noni juice, is that the same as noni wine? Here is a funny video of some African animals getting drunk on fermented fruit:

kveta said...

Hello Lindsay,

You are welcome.

Me and Mango, we don't drink wine or any other alcohol. I never heard of noni wine. We also don't eat fermented fruit, but only fresh. I am going to post very soon an article about noni fruit and it's juices.

Thank you for asking me fruity questions, it makes me post more often.

Thanks for video

Love <3