This Brilliant Trick Makes Pineapples Sweeter

Do you love pineapple as much as we do? Whether it’s in piña coladas, cakes, or just on its own, we can’t get enough of that sweet summer taste— and we want to keep it going as long as possible! Problem is, unlike some other fruits, pineapple stops ripening as soon as it’s picked, meaning that if it wasn’t sweet and juicy when it came away from its plant, it’s not going to get any better. At least, that was the problem, until we discovered this genius trick from Food52! In just three steps, you can not only preserve your pineapple a little longer, you can actually IMPROVE its taste. Read on to see how easy it is to do.

Just 3 Steps:

  1. Cut off the top of the pineapple.
  2. Turn the pineapple cut-side-down and place it on a plate, still with the cut side down.
  3. Cover with aluminum foil or plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 2 to 3 days, depending on your patience!

Why It Works

Simply put: gravity! The pineapple is ripest – and therefore juiciest and sweetest – at the bottom of the fruit, because that’s where it was connected to the pineapple plant. When you turn it upside down and give it enough time, the juices trickle down and infuse the entire fruit.

Genius! If you want more information on this trick, including a before-and-after shot of some pineapple slices, check out Food52’s original post. Have any of you guys ever heard of or tried this trick before? What are some of your favorite ways to preserve pineapple and other summery fruits?