How to Cut a Pineapple, Hawaiian Style
My mom always cut the pineapple in lengthwise wedges instead of crosswise slices because the base of the pineapple is sweeter than the top. By cutting in wedges, everyone gets a bit of the sweetest and a bit of the not-as-sweet part. Mom always said we should start eating from the less-sweet side, finishing up with the sweetest.
The pineapple in Hawaii was so tender, we ate it down to the core. If the pineapple you buy has a fibrous core, just slice it off each wedge.
I like to eat pineapple as is, but here are some ways to use the cut fruit if you’d like to do more with it.
- Cut the wedges into chunks and add to a fruit salad.
- Chop the pineapple and combine with chopped onion, chopped cilantro, minced jalapeno, lime juice and a pinch of salt for a pineapple salsa to serve with tortilla chips.
- Grill pineapple wedges and serve as a side dish for grilled chicken.
- Or grill pineapple wedges, dice and use it as a tropical topping for ice cream.
- Combine pineapple bits with other fruits and blend into a smoothie.
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