Find everyday uses for this exotic, tangy treat
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Fresh pineapples are available all year, peaking from March until the end of July.
Cut & clean
Slice off the top and bottom to steady the fruit, then with a sharp knife shave off the spiked
skin. To remove core, slice off sweet flesh right along edge of core.
Pineapples are an excellent source of vitamin
Fire up the grill
Spruce up savory dishes by giving pineapple a quick grill. Simply add to grill, turn once, and
serve as a garnish on meat, poultry,
fish, or with other grilled vegetables.
Also indexed as: Baby Pineapple, Cayenne Pineapple, Pernambuco
Pineapple, Queen Pineapple, Red Spanish Pineapple, Sugarloaf Pineapple, Variegated
Preparation, uses, and tips
Blended in the food processor by itself, frozen pineapple becomes a delectable treat
rivaling ice cream, but with fewer calories. The fruit is very versatile, and can be juiced,
dried, candied, and used in baking; it is often served as an accent with meat and
seafood. Pineapple is often the sweet quality in sweet-and-sour preparations. Served with
cottage cheese, rice, or in fruit salad, it makes a healthful meal.
When slicing pineapple, use a dish with curved sides to preserve the juice.
Pineapple varieties are plentiful, but only a few leading types travel well and are sold
commercially. The Cayenne variety is large, firm, and quite sweet, and is perhaps the one most
commonly available. Queen pineapples are small, and a little drier and less sweet than the
Cayenne. The medium-sized Red Spanish pineapples have purple-hued skin and light yellow flesh.
Among the other varieties found at the market are the sweet and medium-sized Pernambuco, the
large, heavy, and mildly sweet Sugarloaf, the sweet, white-fleshed Variegated, and the very
Pineapple (raw), 1 cup (155g), sliced
Total Fat: 0.667g
*Excellent source of: Vitamin C (23.8mg)
*Foods that are an “excellent source” of a particular
nutrient provide 20% or more of the Recommended Daily Value. Foods that are a “good
source” of a particular nutrient provide between 10 and 20% of the Recommended Daily