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Cut pineapples on a chopping board with a piece dipped in chili salt alongside a mortar and pestle with chili in it.
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How To Cut A Pineapple

Learn how to cut a pineapple to enjoy during pineapple season. Follow Grandma's easy instructions to get perfectly cut wedges with no waste!
Prep Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: Asian, Vietnamese
Servings: 5
Calories: 91kcal
Author: Jeannette

Equipment

  • sharp knife
  • chopping board (wooden or one with a rougher surface)

Ingredients

  • 1 pineapple (or as many as you like)

Instructions

  • Lay the pineapple on its side and slice off the crown (the spiky green part) from the body of the fruit.
  • Stand the pineapple upright and trim the outer skin off from the top down until you have only the brown circles left.
  • At this point, the circles are fairly large, so trim off another thin layer until the circles are smaller or almost gone.
  • Lay the fruit back on its side and cut the hard brown base off. Repeat this step with the top.
  • Hold the pineapple at an angle so it's laying close to the chopping board. Hold it tightly with your non-cutting hand. Look for a pattern where the circles are running in a diagonal line.
  • With your other hand, create a 'V' cut by cutting into of one of diagonal lines just below the circles. Depending on the size of your knife, you would be cutting a length of about 2-3 circles.
  • Finish off the 'V' cut but cutting into of one of diagonal lines just above the circles. Both cuts should have met at the base of the V. Remove the part in the middle where the circles are.
  • Repeat the steps for making the 'V' cuts until all the diagonals have been cut.
  • Rinse the fruit with cool water to clean the surface.
  • Stand the fruit upright and cut it into quarters from the top down.
  • Lay each quarter on their side and cut them into smaller pieces following the diagonal lines.
  • Serve fresh as is!

Notes

  • Use a sharp long knife. Ideally, opt for one with a wider width as well so it will not only slice well, but be sturdy enough to not bend as it cuts.
  • Buy ripe and firm pineapples. If they're too soft, they get mushy and ooze juice as you cut. Unless you like eating it that way, going for firmer pineapples will give more crunch and make them easier to prepare.
  • Use a wooden surface. Make sure you use a surface that's slightly rough so the fruit doesn't slip as it gets cut.
  • To choose ripe pineapples, look for orange ones that are firm when squeezed but with a little give. You can even give them a sniff for a fruity fragrance.

Nutrition

Calories: 91kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 197mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 105IU | Vitamin C: 87mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1mg