We’ve all heard the preachings about fresh fruit and vegetables, but when a certain fruit comes encased in a vicious shell equipped with spikes and a thorny, spiky “tail” that looks more like a weapon than something edible, it’s a lot more tempting to opt for the sugary canned version or a Snickers. Don’t let the menacing exterior of the pineapple intimidate you because, just like that really big bully with a mohawk in 4th grade, it has a really sweet and soft core. Here’s how to get to it (the pineapple that is, I unfortunately lack the advice to deal with traumatizing middle schoolers):
1. Place the pineapple on its side and cut off the tail-I mean, stalk, and the other end.
2. Stand the pineapple upright and cut off the skin in strips (try not to cut off too much meat!).
3. Remove excess skin and brown divets.
4. Place the pineapple on its side and cut slices of whatever thickness you’d like.
5. Cut around the hardest portion of the core and remove.
6. Repeat for all slices and enjoy!
Pineapple is delicious as is, or try it with this pineapple lemonade recipe for a tropical twist.