My goal was a juicy, ripe pineapple. I was in the fruit aisle, and dreaming of eating future sweet pineapple slices. However, between me and this vision of freshly cut pineapple was the daunting task of picking- not just any pineapple, but a good pineapple. And that my friends, is hard work.
Too many times I’ve ended up at home like a lot of us, cutting through that prickly pineapple skin in hopes of finding sweet fresh fruit, and ended up sorely disappointed with bland pineapple so tasteless. Yes, I eventually end up throwing those insipid pineapple out completely.
Can I say disappointing? So back to the fruit aisle. I decided to give a pineapple purchase another go. And this was the…best…pineapple…EVER.
How’d I do it? Here’s what I did:
I picked up the pineapples and leaned towards pineapples that were heavier than others of the same size. Also, in comparing the fruits, some were more yellow/orange under their skin than others which had a green/grey tinge to their pineapple exterior. And then? The most scientific secret of all – that quite frankly, was pretty embarrassing and at the time I certainly wasn’t sure it was going to work. I smelled them! The pineapple that smelled most like sweet fresh pineapple was the winner. I got a few strange looks, but it was so worth it when I got home and cut the pineapple open. One note, there were a few that smelled sweet – but looking at the bottom, some of them were quite easy to push at the bottom –which to my mind indicates a too ripe fruit. So be careful it's not too "squishy" to the touch at the bottom.
Here’s to wishing you luck with your next pineapple selection!
Zee is a writer for Hispanic.com
It looks sort of like a blueberry, comes from Brazil, and has been touted for curing everything from the cold to ending wrinkles. But what is Açai all about? I wanted to find out, as I’ve been hearing so many claims about it (because I mean – if it can stop wrinkles – and end this cold I have…well I’m ON IT!).
If you’ve never heard of Açai, you’re not alone. I hadn’t until this hotel bar I visit started selling freeze dried Açai liquor ice cream (you know – like dipping dots – only Açai flavored colored). I started doing research on them – as I’m looking for something I might like more than blueberries. (I’ve recently started eating blueberries – but honestly – I’m not the biggest fan. But after reading this article a few years ago -there were more pictures - when they published the article originally - and the guy really hadn't changed that much in 40 years! Their point was he looked so young because he ate lots of blueberries and exercised.) - it really impressed upon me on why I should eat blueberries and look to consume foods with antioxidants in them…still doesn’t mean I like ‘em though.)
So I figured, maybe if I ate some Açai foods, I could stop with the blueberry stuff…
Anyways, so what’s the verdict?
What’s in a good lime? I buy limes every week, and it’s always a guessing game when picking ‘em out to see if I’m going to get a dry rock of a lime (you know what I’m talking about) or a juicy lime to flavor up my cooking.
So I checked out some hints as to how to pick out a good lime and here’s what I know:
*Pick out two limes (of the same size) and hold one in each hand, the heavier should have more juice.
So you've gotten a bumper crop of chiles in your garden this year or scored a great deal at the grocery store. And while chili peppers (such as habaneros, chile pequins, and serranos) are delcicious, ya probably can't eat them all at once. So how can we store these hot peppers to help them last as long as possible?