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Pineapples by air have the shape of a pinecone. They have a rough, waxy, hexagonal-patterned rind. The skin is green and yellow . The loosely fibrous and juicy flesh offers a sweet flavor with no acidity. This fruit reaches full maturity on the tree and is transported by aircraft so that it can be as sweet and ripe as possible.
Pineapples can be used raw or cooked. To prepare the pineapple for use, cut off the top and the base, stand the pineapple upright and slice away the skin in a downward vertical motion. The core can be left in or removed depending on preference, though it is edible, and can even be pressed for juice. Raw pineapple can be eaten as is, and also juiced or pureed for smoothies. Fresh pineapple can be roasted, grilled, or baked for desserts, including pineapple upside-down cake. It can also be cooked and sweetened as a topping for custards and cheesecakes.
Fresh pineapple is highly perishable, and if kept at room temperature it should be eaten within a couple of days. Store in the refrigerator to extend its shelf life up to 5 days. cut pineapple can be covered in its natural juice and stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 5 to 7 days, or frozen for up to about 6 months.
Grilled Pineapple with Cinnamon Sugar
4 slices of pineapple
4 tsp sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tbsp vegetable oil