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How to a Choose a Pineapple, the Tropical Fruit
post : 2013.11.21 16:00
Pineapples first appeared in Okinawa at the 1975 Marine Expo.
It all started with the desire to offer the event’s numerous visitors another Okinawan specialty in addition to sugar cane!
Hawaiian pineapples were brought in and selective breeding was used to adapt them to Okinawa’s climate.
This is when the ancestor of the current breed of Okinawan pineapple named “N-67” was born.
It was called so because it was created in Nago City in 1967.
Now then, here is how to choose the perfect pineapple.
Choose one that is plump and feels heavy when you pick it up.
Try tapping it lightly with your finger (do not tap it too hard because it might hurt!),
then compare it with others to see which one makes a lower sound. Then, look to
see which has the largest circle patterns on the skin, it will be the largest, most plump and the sweetest.
A moist stump indicates that the fruit has been freshly picked.
Also, try smelling the area around the stump, if it has a sweet scent then it is likely that the fruit will taste sweet too.
Choose one with lush and shinny leaves.
Sometimes pineapples might have broken leaves, but it does not mean that the fruit is bad.
Some cultivators put their pineapples upside down and use the foliage as a cushion to protect them from bruises during transport.
Basically, broken foliage proves that it has been handled with care.
Also, pineapples are not ripened like bananas and such.
Ripening stops once the fruit is harvested so it will not get any sweeter afterward.
But as the pineapple's color turns more yellowish, it loses its acidity and the taste then seems sweeter.
Whether the fruit is green or yellow has nothing do to with its sweetness.
Pick up a green one if your are planning to keep it for a while or a yellow one if you're going to eat it right away.
As the less aged fruits can last longer, pineapples that are to be shipped long distances are harvested early.
It is very likely that the pineapples sold in local shops have been aged longer (much sweeter) as they are not harvested until the very last moment.
Please try having a pineapple if you come to Okinawa!
They are in season in the summer from July to September.
Information provided by:
OKINAWA Fruits Land
1220-71 Bimata, Nago City