There’s nothing better than a fresh pineapple – and if you’ve struggled to cut one up, you’re not alone.
Pineapple has been one of my favorite fruits since I was a kid, but it wasn’t until I was in my 20’s that I enjoyed one that wasn’t out of a can. Being a kid from the middle of nowhere Iowa, we didn’t have too many fresh fruit stands around, and even if there was fresh pineapple at the grocery store in the closest city, it wasn’t cheap.
Once I discovered how delicious fresh pineapple was, I gave up ever having it out of a can again. However, I struggled to find the best way to slice and dice it to perfection. Then on a white water rafting trip in Costa Rica, we stopped for a quick snack of fresh fruits and juices and our guide quickly chopped up a pineapple faster and more efficiently than I had ever seen before. Since then, we’ve only been using the Costa Rican strategy for serving it up.
Step 1 – Assemble your tools: a cutting board, bowl, sharp knife, and pineapple
Step 2 – Cut off the top of the pineapple
Step 3 – Cut off the bottom of the pineapple
Step 4 – Quarter the pineapple
Step 5 – Cut out the core from each quarter of the pineapple
Step 6 – Slice the pineapple into bite sized strips about 1/2 inch or so. Cut to the exterior of the pineapple, but not through.
Step 7 – Carefully slide the knife from the outside edges of the pineapple towards the center. Repeat on both sides, detaching your pineapple slices from the edges.
Step 8 – Enjoy your fresh, delicious taste of the tropics!