Pineapple is fantastic for supporting healthy bones and a strong immune system, it’s packed with antioxidants, and quite frankly it’s delicious. Fresh pineapple is one of the many things we love about summer. This is especially true when the high season of March to July enters. But do we know how to store a pineapple correctly?
Social media proves that we were wrong about how we could be storing our pineapples wrong. A food blogger took to Instagram last month with a tip she learned from her mom: ” How many of you store your pineapples like this, sitting upside down? My mom just told me to always store pineapples lying flat, otherwise, all the juices will sink to the bottom.”
But what influences that the juice goes to the bottom? Will it be less tasty on top? We analyze if this theory is true, and if we have been storing this tropical fruit for years.
Standing or lying down?
People may think that keeping a pineapple on its side will distribute the juice of the fruit more evenly because pineapples can be sweeter on the bottom than on the top. However, storing a pineapple upright or on its side doesn’t make much of a difference .
Unlike other fruits, pineapples do not continue to ripen after harvest, so minimizing storage time is the best advice one can give. The real reason for the vertical discrepancy in sweetness is that pineapples are a composite fruit . This means that each one starts out as an individual fruit with its own flower, and the fruits at the bottom of the pineapple are older, riper, and therefore sweeter than those at the top of the pineapple. .
We will look for a pineapple that looks fresh and without stains, then we will enjoy it as soon as possible. We will keep it standing, on its side or upside down; but with the condition of eating it as soon as possible. All pineapple lovers are advised to prepare and eat the fruit no later than three days after purchase for the best experience. We will simply cut it into cubes, put it in an airtight container and in the refrigerator for three or four days, maximum.
If we need more time to put that pineapple to good use, we’ll slice it up and store it in the freezer for later use in a Pineapple Green Smoothie, 3-ingredient Pina Colada, or Frozen Pineapple Margarita.