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2. Pineapple

Despite a slightly intimidating outer appearance, pineapple is considered the diva of fruit. Unripe pineapples have no scent, while old ones smell vinegary rather than sweet. When leaves are bronzed or red and have dry leaves, the pineapple is overripe. The perfect pineapple feels firm, but yields to a gentle squeeze, and the heavier it feels, the more juice it contains. Pineapples do not ripen after harvest so be sure to leave the store with the freshest one. The best time to buy pineapples is from April through May.

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