How to prepare a fresh pineapple

Get to grips with this knobbly, spiky fruit by following our step-by-step guide to preparing pineapple rings, wedges and chunks.

How to prepare a fresh pineapple

You will need: 

  • 1 fresh pineapple
  • A sharp cook’s knife

1. Slice off the crown of leaves at the top of the pineapple, then cut off the bottom to leave a flat base.

2. Stand the pineapple on a flat end, then use a sharp cook’s knife to cut away the skin by slicing down the side.

3. Lay the peeled fruit on its side [C]and cut out the remaining eyes in a series of shallow diagonal strips.

FOR RINGS Use a pineapple corer to remove the tough woody core, then slice across into rings.

FOR WEDGES Stand the prepared fruit on a flat end and cut in half, lengthways, then lay the flat side on the chopping board and cut onto 3-4 long wedges. Remove the core from each wedge, then halve if required.

TO CHOP Cut across each wedge to make smaller chunks – the thinner the wedges, the smaller the chunks will be. For tiny dice, cut each larger chunk into smaller pieces.

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