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How to cut a pineapple

Fresh pineapple is so much better than canned! So don’t let the tough prickly skin keep you from the delicious sweet fruit inside. In this video, you’ll learn how to cut up a pineapple, including tips for removing the skin and tough inner core. All you need is a cutting board and a sharp chef’s knife. You’ll also see how to properly cut up a pineapple into slices, chunks, and pineapple rings! You’ll learn how to tell when pineapples are ripe. These ripeness cues are good to know because pineapples won’t mature after they’re picked. Plus, we’ll show you how to use the pineapple’s crown for decorating a tropical fruit platter. Delicious raw or cooked, pineapples are perfect cut up and eaten fresh or tossed on the grill, into salads, or as a garnish for your tropical cocktails.

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Ruka Yan

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The one thing I’ve heard I to cut the exterior skin off without getting all he eyes and using a diagonal cut across the eyes to remove them. This is so you don’t lose the tasty outer flesh.

Paula

I sure didn’t know pineapples don’t ripen after picking. Good to know how to choose a ripe one. Can’t wait to cut one using these guidelines. So easy!

Read our simple guide to preparing a whole pineapple. This refreshing tropical fruit can be cut into chunks in salads and kebabs or sliced up in a dessert.

Preparing these prickly fruits can be a bit daunting if you haven’t done it before, so follow our simple steps to minimise waste and faff. Talking of waste, the skin and core that’s left over from your pineapple prep can be used to make a delicious iced tea – giving them one more use before they hit the compost bin.

Ripe pineapples will be a green or golden/grey colour, and if you pull out a spiky leaf from the top of the crown it should pop out with very little effort.

Pineapples are intensely sweet, with a citrusy sharpness and strong fruity perfume. Their sweetness means they’re great in desserts or fruit salads but their sharpness also works well in savoury recipes, including salsas, marinades and spicy pork or fish dishes.

Not only does a slice of pineapple count towards your 5-a-day, they’re a good source of fibre and vitamins too.

Find out more about the health benefits of pineapples.

Watch our video on how to prepare and chop a pineapple:

For pineapple chunks

How to cut a pineapple

These small blocks of pineapple are perfect for fruit salads, fruit kebabs or adding to savoury dishes – or even for the barbecue.

  • 1 ripe pineapple
  1. Cut off the base and the leafy top of the pineapple and discard them. Stand the fruit up on one of the cut ends.
  2. Slice away the tough skin using a sharp or serrated knife, curving the blade a little as you cut to follow the shape of the pineapple.
  3. You will find that there are small indentations on the fruit with small spokes in the middle – these are called the eyes. To remove these you can either slice the skin off with a deeper incision, or cut them out in a groove from one eye to another in a diagonal line. This will result in a corkscrew style design when you have finished.
  4. To remove the core, quarter the pineapple and slice the core away from the middle of each quarter.
  5. Chop the remaining pineapple flesh into large chunks, or cut each quarter in half again before chopping into small pieces.

For pineapple slices or rings

How to cut a pineapple

Thin slices of pineapple can be served as part of a fresh fruit platter or to decorate a dessert. You can leave the core in, as it’s edible but a little tougher than the rest of the fruit, or you can cut it out if you prefer.

Slice the pineapple thickly and remove the core to make pineapple rings. These can be used in classic recipes like pineapple upside-down cakes, or simply griddled.

  • 1 ripe pineapple
  1. Use a serrated knife to top and tail the pineapple, then stand it upright on a chopping board. With the sharp knife, carve the skin away and discard.
  2. Remove the eyes from the pineapple either by slicing them out with a knife or carving them out in a groove all the way around the pineapple, producing a spiral effect.
  3. Rest the pineapple on its side, then cut into wafer-thin slices for pineapple carpaccio or cut into thicker slices if you prefer.
  4. For pineapple rings, lay a thick slice of pineapple on the board and cut the core out using a small round cookie cutter. Repeat with the rest of the slices.

How to tell if a pineapple is ripe

Ripe pineapples should have a good strong ‘sweet’ fragrance and a golden colour. Avoid fruits that have an unpleasant smell or a discoloured skin.

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How to cut a pineapple

How to cut a pineapple

A good ripe pineapple has much richer flavor and sweetness than the canned variety. Cutting through the hard, bumpy skin (not to mention the unedible core) of a pineapple can seem like a daunting task. In reality, there is a very simple method for peeling a pineapple that will leave you with the best, juicy fruit.

How to Choose a Pineapple

How to cut a pineapple

When shopping, choose a pineapple that has firm, gold to brown skin (not too green) with green, loose leaves (not brown or wilted). A ripe pineapple will have a strong, fresh pineapple smell.

To peel the pineapple you will need a long knife.

Cut off the Top and Bottom of the Pineapple

How to cut a pineapple

Twist or cut off the leaves and about a 1/2 inch of the top and bottom of the pineapple. If you like, you can use the top and leaves as part of a table decoration.

Turn the Pineapple Upright

How to cut a pineapple

Turn the pineapple upright onto its base. Notice the dark brown “eyes” around the edge of the pineapple. These run lengthwise through the pineapple and have a very unpleasant taste.

Your First Pineapple Cut

How to cut a pineapple

Place your knife on top of the fruit just behind one of the eyes. The eyes run down the side of the pineapple in a column. Slice down to the bottom of the fruit slightly turning your knife at the top and bottom to follow the curved shape of the pineapple. Stay close to the “eye” so you don’t waste too much good fruit.

Results of Your First Pineapple Cut

How to cut a pineapple

The first cut you made will be wider than subsequent slices. Notice the rows of eyes on each side of the cut.

Peeling the Rest of the Pineapple

How to cut a pineapple

Cut off the rest of the pineapple skin by slicing down from top to bottom along each row of eyes (as revealed by your first cut). Your knife should be behind the eyes at approximately a 45-degree angle. Don’t try to cut off too much of the peel at once or you will take a lot of good fruit with it.

The Peeled Pineapple

How to cut a pineapple

Once you have completely peeled the pineapple, check the fruit over for any skin or eyes you may have missed. Remove any remaining eyes with a paring knife.

If you wish to slice the pineapple into rings, remove the core with a pineapple corer and slice to desired thickness. Alternatively, slice the pineapple into rings and remove the core from each ring with a paring knife.

Removing the Pineapple Core – Step 1

How to cut a pineapple

If you desire to cut the pineapple into wedges or chunks, first cut the pineapple into four sections. Cut straight down through the center core and then again through the center core of each half.

Removing the Pineapple Core – Step 2

How to cut a pineapple

Place the quarter section of the pineapple core side up. Slice away the core by cutting lengthwise just under core. The core is easily distinguishable from the edible fruit because it is lighter in color and fibrous in texture. Repeat with remaining quarters.

Dice the Pineapple Fruit

How to cut a pineapple

Once the core has been removed, cut the pineapple into desired sizes. To store, place in an airtight container and refrigerate.

Step by step instructions on how to cut a pineapple, so you keep the sweetest and juiciest parts.

How to cut a pineapple

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How to cut a pineapple

When I was little, one of our favorite treats was fresh pineapple. We kids would gather around the table with wide-eyed fascination as our father would carefully prep the pineapple.

My father’s method is simple, though not at all obvious by just looking at the pineapple.

How to Properly Cut a Pineapple

First you off the green spiky top. Then carefully cut the skin off the sides, as close to the edge of the pineapple as you can. The sweetest and juiciest parts of the pineapple were usually right at the very edge.

How to cut a pineapple

Cutting close to the edge exposes a bunch of brown, scraggly dots, called eyes, that need to be removed. You can’t eat them, they’re too prickly.

How to cut a pineapple

If you looked carefully you can tell that the eyes line up in a spiral. My father carefully cuts away at the eyes, making V-shaped trenches as he rotates around the pineapple to remove them.

When the pineapple is all ready to go, you can slice it in rounds or make lengthwise cuts to make spears or chunks.

How to Tell a Pineapple Is Ripe

The best way to tell that a pineapple is ripe is to pick it up and smell it from the bottom. If it smells like sweet, fresh pineapple juice, it’s ripe.

If it doesn’t smell of pineapple, it isn’t ripe. If it smells fermented, it’s over-ripe.

A ripe pineapple should be firm, not soft, and the leaves should look fresh, not dried out. The pineapple can be green, golden, or a mix, it doesn’t matter. What matters is the smell.

Contrary to a common misperception, pineapples do not continue to ripen once picked. They will get more golden, and more soft, but the sugars will not continue to develop after they’re picked. (See Hawaiian Crown and Dole articles on this.)

Pineapples should be eaten soon after they’re bought. If you need to store them, store them in the refrigerator; they’ll keep longer.

Pineapple Rounds Are a Terrific Treat for Kids

My father would slice the pineapple in rounds, giving each of us forks to spear our own round in the tough center.

How to cut a pineapple

Then we would run outside, holding the pineapple round on our fork, and eat that pineapple ring all around the sweet juicy edges (taking our drippy mess outside).

If all the rounds were accounted for (there were six of us kids), and we were still desperate for more pineapple, we would nibble on the tough core until everything was eaten.

These days most people (sometimes me included) don’t bother with the spiral cuts, they just make deeper cuts initially to cut off the pineapple skin and the eyes together.

If you are rushed for time you can easily do that. But the far edges are the best part, especially if the pineapple is still a little green.

So here’s my dad’s way of cutting a pineapple, if you want to take a couple extra minutes to extract more of the juicy bits.

Jessica Gavin
Published on May 4, 2018

How to cut a pineapple

Learn how to cut a pineapple with this simple step-by-step guide. The sweet golden flesh can be sliced and diced for a tropical fruit snack or used in various recipes.

How to cut a pineapple

The thick prickly skin and pokey crown of a pineapple may seem like a challenge to cut, but the process is quite simple! Follow these easy steps on how to cut a pineapple so the delicious crowned royal fruit can be added to any recipe and enjoyed all year long.

The first step is figuring out how to pick a pineapple. The peak season is from March to July and most pineapples are harvested at its peak ripeness, so once they hit the store they should be ready to eat. The tricky part is that depending on the grower and variety, some pineapples may still have a slightly green flesh when ripe or a more golden hue.

The senses can be your best indicator for knowing when a pineapple is ripe. Pick it up and smell the bottom of the fruit for a sweet, and not fermented aroma. If it still smells very green, then it’s not very ripe. The outside skin and leaves should have some shine and not be dull. The outer skin should also feel firm with a slight give. Once you’ve selected the perfect fresh pineapple, it’s time to cut it up!

How to Cut a Pineapple

This guide for how to cut a pineapple is the easiest method that I’ve found after many delicious testing opportunities. The key here is to make sure to use a sharp chef’s knife and a stable cutting board before you get started.

STEP 1: Slice Off the Crown and Bottom

How to cut a pineapple

Place the fruit on a cutting board and lay the pineapple on its side. Secure the pineapple with one hand, and then slice off the top, about 1/2-inch down from where the green crown and flesh meet.

How to cut a pineapple

Turn the pineapple around and trim off about 1/2-inch from the bottom of the fruit.

STEP 2: Trim the Skin

How to cut a pineapple

Stand the pineapple up on the bottom side. Carefully trim the thick fibrous skin, starting from the top to the bottom, being careful to preserve as much of the sweet flesh as possible. Cut around the pineapple, following the natural curve of the fruit until all of the skin is removed.

Step 3: Remove the Eyes

How to cut a pineapple

There will be brown circular “eyes” left in the pineapple flesh which are inedible. It’s a little more work to remove them, but worthwhile if you’re cutting rings or thick slices. Use a small paring knife to make shallow diagonal V-shaped cuts in a spiral diagonal pattern to remove the eyes. Carefully cut the eyes out in a connected diagonal slope, turning the pineapple until all of the eyes are gone.

When cutting smaller slices or chunks of pineapple, I found it equally easy to trim off the eyes as I’m cutting the fruit into smaller pieces, which is what I did for this guide below.

Step 3: Remove the Core (2 Ways)

Method 1: For Spears or Chunks

How to cut a pineapple

Cut the cleaned pineapple in half through the center.

How to cut a pineapple

To make slices or diced pineapples, cut the pineapple into 4 pieces lengthwise.

How to cut a pineapple

Cut the thick and fibrous core from the center of each wedge.

Method 2: For Rings of Chunks

How to cut a pineapple

If you’re making rings, then cut the rings into desired thickness. This works best when you have already removed the eyes using the spiral cut method.

How to cut a pineapple

Use a round cookie cutter or biscuit cutter to remove the core. I used a 1 1/2-inch round cutter.

Step 4: Cut into Pieces

How to cut a pineapple

Cut each quarter into spears, slices, chucks, or smaller bite-sized pieces.

How to cut a pineapple

If you made rings, cut the pineapple into chunks.

Add the pineapples to a colorful fruit salad, into a pineapple salsa, popsicles, or smoothies.

Storing

If you’ve selected a good pineapple, it’s best to eat it within the first few days to avoid deterioration. Store at room temperature on the counter for a few days, or prolong the shelf life by placing it in a plastic bag in the refrigerator and eat within 3 to 5 days.

Sliced or diced pineapple should be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 to 5 days, disposing of them once they start to smell fermented. Cut pineapples can also be stored in a resealable plastic bag with as much air removed as possible for 12 months.

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Nutritional benefits of pineapples

This popular tropical fruit satisfies the body with it’s balanced sweet and tart flavor, combined with its nutrient-dense profile of vitamins, phytonutrients, and fiber. The golden flesh is especially loaded with vitamin C, B vitamins, potassium, and manganese. The high amounts of dietary fiber help with satiety and regularity. The presence of the bromelain enzyme aids in the digestion of some proteins. In a one-cup serving of diced pineapples, there are approximately 120 calories, 2 grams of fiber, 34 g carbohydrates, and 28 mg vitamin C, plus other nutrients (Source: USDA Nutrient Database).

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How to cut a pineapple

How Do You Prepare A Whole Pineapple Quickly And Easily?

Whether you want to cut your pineapple into rings or chunks, the first steps are the same; you need to remove the tough skin and the small inedible ‘eyes’.

How To Peel A Pineapple

1. Place the pineapple on its side on a chopping board and, using a sharp chef’s knife, slice off the top to remove the spiky green leaves.

2. Cut off the base of the pineapple so it will sit flat on your chopping board.

3. Stand the pineapple up so that the base is resting on the chopping board. Remove the tough outer skin by slicing sections from top to bottom and then turning the pineapple; repeat until all the skin has been cut away. Try not to cut away too much of the edible pineapple flesh; if your knife is sharp enough you should be able to just take the skin.

How To Remove The Eyes From A Pineapple

You should now see that the pineapple flesh has lots of little tough brown spots; these are called pineapple eyes. There are three main ways to remove these, but you must balance time against food wastage:

a. Using the very tip of your chef’s knife, or the sharp point of a small paring knife, cut carefully around each eye until it can be removed. This is time-consuming but it works, and there is almost no wastage.

b. The reverse of this is the peel method. Instead of removing the peel as thinly as possible to avoid losing pineapple flesh as above, cut thicker slices to include about half an inch of flesh; the eyes are in this part near the skin – but so is the sweetest part of the fruit.

c. A method which saves both time and wastage is to cut out several pineapple eyes at once, but with precision. Look closely at the pineapple and you will see that the eyes follow a spiral pattern running down and around the pineapple.

Line your knife up diagonally along a line of eyes and make a shallow cut with the whole blade, angling slightly underneath the eyes. Repeat this on the other side of the eyes and you should then be able to lift out a thin, v-shaped wedge of pineapple containing all the eyes in that section.

Repeat, following the spiral lines across the whole pineapple; there is a small amount of wastage but nothing like as much as the peel method, and it is much quicker than trying to remove the eyes individually. As a bonus, the pineapple looks pretty if you are going to cut it into rings or large wedges.

How To Cut A Pineapple Into Rings

1. Prepare the pineapple as above. Lay the pineapple on its side and, taking a chef’s knife, slice down smoothly along the length of the pineapple to cut it into circular slices.

2. Lay one of the slices flat on your chopping board; you will see there is a clearly marked tough core. Using the tip of your knife, or a sharp paring or utility knife, cut around this core and remove it. Repeat for the other slices.

How To Cut A Pineapple Into Chunks

1. Prepare the pineapple as above. Lay the pineapple on its side and, taking a chef’s knife, cut it in half lengthwise. Lay each half flat side down on the board and cut in half lengthwise again, so you have four quarters.

2. Slice down the lengths to cut out the tough inner core and then slice each quarter lengthwise again. Place two or three lengths next to each other on the board, lined up tightly, then slice down, moving along the lengths smoothly; they should fall into regular chunks.

The Best Knife To Use For Preparing Pineapple

1. Paudin Pro Kitchen Chef’s Knife

How to cut a pineapple

The 8 inches blade fulfills the difficult cutting job of the busy kitchen with grace. The blade is a fine result of German high carbon stainless steel.

The sharp edges confirm the comfort of the knife. You will get the perfect and same edge retention on both sides of the knife. The sleek texture of the blade provides a buttery smooth cutting experience every time you deal with it. The modern wavy pattern of the blade resists the rust boldly and doesn’t let the 2mm thickness corrode a bit.

The bolster of the knife knows how to assist the user while doing a tough job like cutting a pineapple. The ergonomic handle adds more to the beautifully sharped knife. The full tang handle has a metal-based bottom to increase its beauty. The shape of the handle is done in a tricky way that will reduce the stress that your hand has to apply.

2. Paudin 3.5 Inch Paring Knife

How to cut a pineapple

It is specifically used in the kitchen mostly for detailed and accurate peeling without the wastage of food. It is used for cutting fruits and vegetables in the most artistic way for your guests. This gives a great presentation of your food and dines skills. The handle length is more than the blade length which gives it precision in cutting and control.

3 . Paudin VG10 Stainless Steel Damasus Chef Knife How to cut a pineapple

This knife offers effortless and smooth cutting. No matter the ingredients, it will be able to cut it. This Paudin knife will make your kitchen tasks easier, efficient, and, compared to traditional knives, consume very little time. The Paudin Damascus knife also comes with a stylish black-colored gift box.

The Damascus knife is another high-quality product from Paudin. It is durable and offers effortless cutting. The knife will also put very little strain on your wrist, and its high rust resistance will help it last longer.