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I love “people watching” while I browse through the produce section. So much can be learned. People, tap, thump, smell, shake, and look for certain markings when selecting “that” perfect item. I am not afraid to ask someone what and why they are doing.
Years ago, I was in an Asian store and they had a large bin of pineapples up by the registers. I watched a woman pluck the inner spears out form the top of the pineapple. She had a layer of spears around her feet. I just had to know what she was up to.
So, I snuck up behind her to get a closer look. She would reach her fingers into the top center of the fruit, and tug on the inner spears. If they readily pulled out, the pineapple went in her cart. If they resisted, she moved on to the next. Ever since then, that has been my approach in picking out a good pineapple. So far, it hasn’t let me down.
A few other factors should be checked, they need to be free of soft spots, mold, bruises and darkened “eyes,” all of which may indicate that the fruit is past its prime. It stops ripening as soon as it is picked so choose a fruit with a fragrant sweet smell at the stem end. Avoid those that smell musty, sour or fermented. But then, it is best to avoid anything that smells sour or fermented. lol
Did you know that pineapples have eyes? Pineapple “eyes”! Pineapples are a composite of many flowers whose individual fruitlets fuse together around a central core. Each fruitlet can be identified by an “eye,” the rough spiny marking on the pineapple’s surface. There is just far to much to learn about! :)