Tips & Facts

Selecting, Cutting & Storing

Ah, the sweet virtues of fresh, succulent Maui Gold® pineapple! Just a whiff or taste of this extra sweet fruit evokes tropical breezes, rich volcanic soil and the kiss of sunshine. A pineapple should be juicy with a distinctive flavor that brings a smile to your lips. The experts at Maui Gold Pineapple Company bring you a few tips on how to select and prepare the perfect pineapple, starting, of course, with the assurance that it's the best choice—a Maui Gold® pineapple.

HOW TO SELECT A PINEAPPLE

Choosing a ripe pineapple is difficult, which is why we recommend you let the experts at Maui Gold Pineapple Company do it for you. You can't always rely on a pineapple's shell as an indicator of ripeness—a pineapple can be ripe and ready to eat on the inside even with a green shell color. Since pineapples don't ripen any further once they're picked, you can enjoy their delicious flavor right away. The expert growers at Maui Gold Pineapple Company test the fruit in each field to make sure the pineapples are picked at the peak of ripeness.

HOW TO CUT A PINEAPPLE

• Cut off the crown and base.
• Cut off the sides and trim the eyes.
• Cut into quarters. Slice down the triangular tip to remove core.
• Slice in half lengthwise. Cut into chunks.

STORING YOUR PINEAPPLE

If fresh Maui Gold® pineapple is not being served immediately, cut the fruit from the shell and refrigerate it in an airtight plastic or glass container. Use within one week.

Growing a Pineapple

Once your sweet Maui Gold® pineapple is just a delicious memory, you can grow your own pineapple plant and enjoy this delectable fruit again in about 18 months.

WHAT YOU'LL NEED:

• The crown (top) of the pineapple
• A pint canning jar or other glass container
• A 12-inch diameter pot
• Potting soil that drains well

PLANTING DIRECTIONS:

• Cut the crown from the pineapple just above where the stem comes out of the top of the body
• Remove any of the fruity part of the pineapple from the crown
• Pull off the outer leaves of the crown, leaving 6 to 8 big leaves near the center
• Set this shoot aside for 2-3 days to dry out
• Put the shoot in water (about 1/2-inch deep; water shouldn't touch the leaves)
• Place it in a bright spot out of direct sunlight for a few weeks to encourage roots to develop
• After you see the roots beginning to grow, transplant the crown to a medium-size pot containing soil that drains well
• Place the pot in a bright location and water your plant daily
• Once the young plant is established, pour a cupful of well-balanced, diluted, water-soluble liquid fertilizer into the top of the plant once a month.

Your plant should develop a red bud after about 12 months. From this stage, the pineapple fruit will begin to develop and in three to six months, it should be ready to enjoy!

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Discover many new recipes containing pineapple and other pineapple cooking tips that will bring the best out of your pineapple. Also, make sure you know the proper techniques of selecting, cutting, and storing your pineapples.

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