In this article, we'll tell you all about pineapple, including what it tastes like, how the texture is and how to pick a good one. Plus, we'll give you ssome serving tips for fresh, delicious pineapple.
Let's take a look...
What Does Pineapple Taste Like?
Pineapple is one of those fruits that just reminds you of all things tropical. Really ripe pineapple is incredibly sweet and fruity, tasting something like a marriage of citrus and apple.
There's a tang to pineapple that may be relatively absent from the ripest fruit and bolder in less ripe pineapples. It's similar to the tang of an orange, zesty and bright.
This fruit has a wonderful, toothsome texture. It's soft but not squishy, firm but not hard. It's somewhere between the pulpiness of an orange and the fibrousness of a banana.
Pineapples are juicy with an almost meaty density. For this reason, they make good grilling fruits as well as textural additions to fruit salads.
What Does a Good Pineapple Look Like?
Because a pineapple is covered in a rough dinosaur-like skin, it can be hard to know what's happening on the inside. But color, smell and feel will greatly help you select a good one.
Good pineapples start out with firm green skins and slowly develop a dark yellowish color. The scent of well-ripened pineapple is sweet and aromatic. When the fruit is ready to be eaten, it'll give just a tiny bit under firm pressure.
Is It OK to Eat a Pineapple with Brown Spots?
While there might be some tan color mixed into the yellow and green of the ripening skin, dark brown spots are not a good sign. You may even cut into a pineapple with brown spots and see the color penetrating the inner flesh—a surefire sign that it's past its due date.
Watch out for white spots on the skin, too. They can indicate mold growth. But sometimes it's just really tough to tell.
If there are no obvious signs of rot, you can always slice open your pineapple. If you see brown or any colors other than golden yellow (aside from the whitish core), it's no good.
What Does Pineapple Taste Like When It’s Bad?
There's no doubt that bad pineapple tastes funky. It may still be sweet, but there will be a rotting flavor to it that you'll be able to detect immediately.
It may even taste slightly fermented. This happens naturally when the pineapple starts to go bad, but it's an easy flavor identifier. You'll probably be able to smell it even before you try it.
Pineapple Serving Tips
There's a whole world of possibilities when you add pineapple to your cooking and baking. As we mentioned before, it's the ideal grilling fruit—even for desserts. Let's see what you can do with this incredibly versatile fruit.
Why not start with dessert? Here's a recipe for a Brazilian treat: grilled pineapple with brown sugar. Top it with vegan ice cream for an all-out decadent dessert.
This video will show you how to make vegan pineapple fried rice. It's a meal unto itself with hearty veggies and cashews.
Here's what you'll need:
- Peanut oil
- Yellow onion
- Bell pepper
- Frozen peas
- Brown sugar
- Ground coriander
- Soy sauce
- Cooked rice
- Green onions
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Grab these ingredients for this dessert:
- Vegan butter
- Brown sugar
- Whole wheat pastry flour
- All-purpose flour
- Baking powder
- Vegan milk
- Ground flaxseed
There's no fruit like the tropical pineapple. It's sweet, acidic and fragrant with a dense texture that's perfect for grilling or simply enjoying as a hearty snack. Make a nutritious and delicious vegan fried rice with it or just chop it up and add it to your granola in the morning. Once you've gotten the taste for it, you'll be looking for more ways to add it to your cooking.