Today’s FYS a snack is that gentle reminder to all of us of how satisfying naked fruit is.
Pick up a few (or several) pineapples when they are on sale.
Prepare several at a time for freezing or to store in the refrigerator for easy snacking and smoothies.
How to pick pineapple at the store? This question used to plague me! Until I read this tip.
Pull a leaf from the center of the crown—be careful, they are sharp—if it comes out easily the pineapple is good to go. If it takes a little tug, buy it, but let it ripen on the counter for a few days.
I’ve even advanced to the point where I just look for a really chartreuse looking pineapple that looks off, it may even have a little mold on the bottom (I’m serious) but it will be perfectly ripe beneath the skin!
How do I cut pineapple? Never fear, I have 3 tutorials to get you started!
- How to make closed pineapple rings
- How to cut with a pineapple corer
- How to cut and cube with a knife
Benefits and tips of eating this tropical fruit:
- When ripe they are super sweet and a little tart which makes a great alternative to candy (i.e. skittles)
- A good source of vitamins A & C, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, and fiber
- Sauté in a little water on medium heat to soften for a warm and cozy snack
- Add to stir-fries for a natural sweet & sour dish
- Blend a 1/4 cup and apply it to your face for a quick and easy DIY facial, rinse with cool water