How to Eat a Pineapple

Fresh Maui Pineapple by the side of the road

Pineapple has always been a favorite fruit of mine. Even after that one time I ate a whole bowl of it for lunch and the acid from it made my tongue raw for a week, I still find it quite tasty. Recently in Maui I took a tour of the Maui Gold Pinepple farm and I finally learned how to eat a pineapple properly. Up until this point I didn’t realize that I was actually eating it the wrong way but now I know.




Continue reading for some of my other best tips for eating delicious pineapple and making sure it tastes the very best.

A pineapple growing in Maui

Follow along with these steps so you to can enjoy your pineapple to the fullest.

1. Buy your pineapple whole from the grocery store without getting it cored by them. To pick the best one don’t pull on the stem or spikes but rather flick/knock it for your finger and listen to its solid/hollowness. The more hollow it sounds, the better. Note that a pineapple doesn’t continue to ripen after it has been picked so judging by the colour being yellow or green won’t help either.

How to eat a pineapple step 2

2. Once you get the pineapple home DO NOT cut off the top rather grab a hold of it and twist it off with your hand.

3. Next stand the pineapple upside down on a plate or in a bowl and let it sit in your fridge for a couple hours or over night. Pineapples grow their whole lives upright so all of the sugar and goodness stays at the bottom. Turning it upside-down like this gets the sugars to flow through the whole fruit and the fridge solidifies them as it becomes cold and cold pineapple is just awesome.

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A delicious sweet Maui Gold pineapple

4. When it is time to eat, with a sharp knife be careful and cut off the top, bottom and the sides. If its a really good pineapple you shouldn’t have to core it and the middle won’t be too hard. If you don’t plan on eating it all keep the bottom on and place it back in the fridge upside down again.

A slice of fresh pineapple in Maui


For more interesting pineapple facts watch my youtube video from my Maui Gold Pineapple tour.



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  • Reply
    July 25, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    Loved that tour on Maui! Nothing like eating a fresh pineapple straight off the plant!!

    • Reply
      Cailin O'Neil
      August 5, 2013 at 8:53 pm

      @Corrin: OMG I could of stayed there and just ate pineapple for the rest of my life!! haha

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    July 25, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    I had no idea – upside down pineapples are not just for cake :-)
    I just came back from Panama and sampled my way through yellow, green and in between pineapples. Do you know if there is a difference? My Spanish wasn’t good enough to ask.
    A fellow Canadian, also obsessed with travelling and eating around the world!

    • Reply
      Cailin O'Neil
      August 5, 2013 at 8:53 pm

      @@TravelEater: I will have a more detailed post about my pineapple tour but the colours that I saw were just various stages of ripeness, going from sweet to sweeter with varying levels of acidity, the longer the fruit stays on the plant the less acid and more sugars. :)

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    jmayel & sacha
    July 25, 2013 at 12:09 am

    We are expert pineapple eaters living here in Thailand. Yet we didn’t know this masterful technique! I will be trying this today.

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    simon fenton
    July 24, 2013 at 10:48 am

    Nobody ever believes me, but a tiny pinch of salt really accentuates the sweetness. A little trick I learnt in south east Asia!

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    July 23, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    Yum! I love fresh pineapple, but I hate cutting them.

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    Raymond @ Man On The Lam
    July 22, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    You’ve turned my world upside down with this upside down pineapple business. Who knew?!?

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