How to Cut a Pineapple Island Style

by Lisa Overman
( May 16th, 2009 )

Most visitors to the islands love the discovery of delicious, fresh pineapple found at road side markets around the island, particularly on the North Shore of Oahu. The joy of discovering those fresh picked pineapples can sometimes turn to frustration if visitors aren’t clear on how to cut their farm fresh discovery. Here are my island girl tips for cutting and enjoying those fresh, juicy pineapples.

Step 1 Hold firmly on the green stem top and twist sharply, this will take the stem top off in one movement.
Step 2 Stand your pineapple up, as it would stand naturally alone.
Step 3 Using a large handled knife that is sharp slice through the skin from the top of the pineapple downward on the right side. You will end up with one long strip of skin and only a small amount of pineapple sliced away.
Step 4 Rotate your pineapple and repeat the process, starting at the top of the pineapple, slice through the skin and cut downward, until you reach the bottom of this edge of the pineapple.
Step 5 Repeat this process on all four sides of the fresh pineapple. You will be left with a few edges of pineapple skin to cut away, but four clean, cut sides.
Step 6 Lay the pineapple on it’s side and cut it length wise in half.
Step 7 You now have two pineapple halves that could be scooped out for a pineapple fruit boat or other island dessert.
Step 8 Take one of the two halves and cut it cleanly down the middle. This will leave you with two quarters and you simply slice down the pointed edge, top to bottom to remove the hard core on each individual quarter of pineapple.
Step 9 You are left with four beautiful quarters that are ready for slicing or adding to a fruit salad.

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