How to tell if a pineapple is ripe

Once a pineapple is picked, it does not ripen any further. If you want to get it right, there are some little guaranteed to help you choose the right pineapple each time.

1-      By Scent: smell the pineapple, a sweet scent is generally considered the most important aspect of choosing a ripe pineapple. If it has no scent, it’s not ripe (avoid pineapples that smell fermented. Although you want the pineapple to smell sweet, you do not want it to be so ripe that the sweet smell has an alcoholic or vinegar-like taint to it.

2-      By Sight: be alert for the two key elements of a ripe pineapple: freshness and deterioration. You are looking for a fresh pineapple, not a rotting one. The stem is the area of the pineapple that feeds sugar to the fruit. It is from here that the pineapple changes color.

Look at the pineapple’s color. It will often reflect a golden-yellow color, but a green pineapple is not necessarily unripe.

Be aware that some pineapples are considered to be ripe when green. Place more emphasis on the pineapple’s healthy appearance.

Avoid pineapples with wrinkled skin, reddish-brown skin, cracks or leaks, mold, or brown withering leaves

Focus on the color of the leaves. Because the color of the fruit itself can be either golden-yellow or green, choose pineapples with healthy, green leaves.

3-      By feel: squeeze the pineapple. You want the pineapple to be pretty firm, but soft enough that it gives very slightly when you press down on it. Determine whether or not the pineapple is heavy. A heavier pineapple means a juicier pineapple. Note that heavier is not the same as bigger.


4-      And finally the most and the best way is Pluck a leaf from the top of the pineapple. While public opinion is conflicted over the efficacy of this method, some people believe that a pineapple is ripe when a leaf can be plucked from the top of the pineapple without too much resistance. But if a leaf comes out too easily, however, the pineapple may be rotten.