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A pineapple

The pineapple is the edible fruit of Ananas comosus, a member of the bromeliad family that originated in Uruguay, Brazil, and Paraguay. It was so named by early European settlers because of the fruit's similarity to the pine cone.

Pineapples, like bananas, are chill-sensitive. Therefore, they should not be stored in the refrigerator. They will, however, ripen if left outside of a refrigerator.

You can buy specific tools to prepare a pineapple, but really you just need slice the bottom and the top so you have 2 flat surfaces and then remove the prickly skin by slicing down from top to bottom, moving round the pineapple. The woody core in the centre can be removed with an old-style potato peeler. This process produces lots of juice! The sliced top will sometimes grow into a new palm if planted in soil.

How much does one cup of pineapple weigh?

Estimated US cup to weight equivalents:

Ingredient US Cups Grams Ounces
Pineapple fresh - skinned - cubed
1
200 grams 7 ounces
Pineapple crushed
1
225 grams 8 ounces

Conversion notes:
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Seasonal Information: Pineapples

This information is specifically for countries in the northern temperate zone of the Northern Hemisphere; particularly the United Kingdom, however it should be applicable for northern USA, northern Europe, Canada, Russia, etc.

Pineapples are at their best and in season during the following months: December, January, February & March.

Pineapples: What portion size makes one of my 5 a day?

Select Pineapples from the drop-down selector below to find out what constitutes one portion of your 5-a-day fruits.

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1 fresh apple
2 heaped tablespoons of apple puree
6 halves of unsweetened tinned apricots
3 whole fresh apricots
Half an avocado
1 banana
10 blackberries
4 heaped tablespoons of blackcurrants
4 heaped tablespoons of blueberries
11 tinned cherries
14 fresh cherries
2 clementines
6 damsons
3 fresh dates
2 fresh figs
150ml glass of unsweetened fruit juice
3 heaped tablespoons of tinned fruit salad
3 heaped tablespoons of fresh fruit salad
150ml glass of fruit smoothie
1 handful of gooseberries
8 segments of tinned grapefruit
half a fresh grapefruit
1 handful of grapes
2 kiwi fruit
8 Kumquats
6 tinned lychees
6 fresh lychees
3 heaped tablespoons of tinned mandarin oranges
1 fresh mandarin orange
2 slices of fresh mango (5cm or 2 inch)
1 slice of melon (5cm or 2 inch)
1 nectarine
1 orange
6 passion fruits
1 slice of pawpaw (papaya)
2 halves of tinned peaches
1 fresh peach
2 halves of tinned pears
1 fresh pear
2 rings of tinned pineapple
3 tablespoons of crushed pineapple
1 large slice of fresh pineapple
2 plums
6 tinned prunes
3 prunes
20 tinned raspberries
2 handfuls of fresh raspberries
5 chunks of tinned rhubarb
2 heaped tablespoons of cooked rhubarb
2 satsumas
1 sharon fruit
9 tinned strawberries
7 fresh strawberries
1 heaped tablespoon of sultanas
2 tangerines
1 heaped tablespoon of tomato puree
2 tinned whole tinned plum tomatoes
1 large fresh tomato
7 fresh cherry tomatoes
4 dried apple rings
3 whole dried apricots
1 handful of dried banana chips
1 heaped tablespoon of dried cherries
1 heaped tablespoon of dried cranberries
1 heaped tablespoon of dried currants
2 dried figs
1 heaped tablespoon of dried mangoes
1 heaped tablespoon of dried mixed fruit
2 halves of dried peaches
2 halves of dried pear
1 heaped tablespoon of dried pineapple
3 dried prunes
1 tablespoon of raisins
4 sundried tomatoes

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