When the local Kroger stocked tropical fruit, my mom served us the desserts of her youth. It was a rarity in the 80s so her line up was limited to cubes of mango, chunks of pineapple, and strips of tender coconut, which jiggled like Jello. The unadorned produce made my mom giddy, and she urged us to stake out our fair share. I did my best to ward off her advances, yielding a Hostess cupcake or neatly packaged Twinkie.
As an adult, I realized the error of my ways. These days, I rely on freshly cut fruit to subdue my seemingly insatiable sweet tooth. In the winter, I nosh on fresh pineapple, which aids with digestion and offers a great bang for the buck.
If you're craving the warmth of the sun, use these tips to bring the tropical taste of pineapple to your table.
How to Peel a Pineapple
Thoroughly wash the pineapple. Place it on a cutting board. With a chef’s knife, slice off the top 1/2 to 1 inch under the crown.
Rotate the fruit 180 degrees and slice off 3/4 of an inch off of the stem end.
How to Core and Chop a Pineapple
Place the pineapple on it side. Cut diagonal pockets across the fruit to remove the eyes.
Cut the strips widthwise into bite-sized pieces.