Knowing how to tell if a pineapple is ripe is key for enjoying its full, sweet flavor. The following tips will help you pick the perfect pineapple every time.

  • Color: Look for a pineapple with a golden-yellow color. Avoid those that are mostly green.
  • Feel: Give it a gentle squeeze. A ripe pineapple should be firm but slightly soft to the touch.
  • Smell: Sniff the base of the pineapple. It should have a sweet, fragrant aroma. No smell means it’s not ripe yet.
  • Weight: Choose a pineapple that feels heavy for its size. Heavier pineapples are typically juicier and sweeter.
  • Leaves: Tug gently on the leaves at the top. They should pull out easily if the fruit is ripe.

For more tips on choosing fruit, check out Fresh Fruit’s guide.

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