Not many people know this …

… about pineapples!

Firstly, how can you tell if a pineapple is ripe to eat? Easy, take a sneaky tug at one of the inner ‘fronds’ and if it pulls away with no effort then it’s ripe to eat. Put it in your shopping basket and away you go.

Secondly, how do you skin a pineapple? You never have?? Because it looks a bit tricky? Well, let’s change all that … this is what you do:

pineapple 1

Lie the pineapple on its side, take a large sharp knife and cut into slices about 2cm thick. Then, lie each slice flat and with the tip of a sharp serrated knife cut around the inside of the skin (including the ‘eyes’). Cut out your circle of skinned pineapple in half and remove the inner hard core. Slice the rest of it in chunks and you’re done.

I serve a lot of fresh pineapple at Fountains Court; a favourite desert is simply to add chopped glace ginger, marinade in ‘cloudy’ apple juice (always avoid fruit juice from concentrate), chill and serve. Okay, we like dark chocolate too … a little is good for you and is excellent with fresh pineapple.

pineapple 2

Oh, and a couple of random things you may not know about pineapples – they are brilliant for your complexion; classed as a citrus fruit and contain an enzyme called bromelain which aids digestion and treats inflammation.

Go for it!


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