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Who would have thought pineapples would be the great divider? Whether you like pineapple on your pizza or not, there’s always a use for knowing how to cut a pineapple. These tough, prickly fruits are incredibly versatile. They can be used in fruit salads or eaten on their own. Additionally, they can be used in plenty of recipes from pineapple chicken to cake. The best part is that you can pick them up at any time of year in your local grocery store. So what are you waiting for? Let’s cut to the pineapple chase.

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1. Pick the Ripest Pineapple

The problem with pineapples being available year round is their ripeness. You might have noticed that the skin can vary from green to brown. Not unlike bananas, the greener a pineapple is, the less ripe it is. That said, a better way of testing a pineapple’s ripeness is to smell it. If you’re worried about being the only person in the grocery store sniffing a pineapple, don’t be. You’ll be thankful for it. If a pineapple smells ‘green,’ it isn’t ripe. If it smells earthier, it is. The tough skin should also be firm with a little give. Picked your pineapple? Let’s get to cutting.

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