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Fear not, my pineapple-loving pals, because we've got the scoop on how to pick a pineapple that's ripe, sweet, and totally worth the adventure.
Look for a pineapple with a vibrant golden color on the skin. Pineapples with too much green are likely underripe.
Examine the pineapple’s skin for small brown spots or freckles. Brown spots are a sign of ripeness and indicate that the fruit has developed sugars.
Squeeze the pineapple gently. It should yield slightly to pressure without being too soft or mushy. If it feels too firm, it’s not ripe enough.
A ripe pineapple should feel heavy for its size, indicating juiciness.
Give the bottom of the pineapple a gentle sniff. A sweet, tropical aroma indicates ripeness. If it lacks fragrance, it may not be fully ripe.