Is the pineapple core edible?

Can You Eat The Core Of A Pineapple? What Are The Benefits?

Ever peeled and cored one of these wonderful tropical fruits and wondered, Can you eat the core of a pineapple? I know I have. In fact, if you’re anything like me, you’ve probably already had a secret nibble!

So, to answer the pineapple core eating question, I decided to do a bit of digging, and what I found was enlightening. I’m sure you’ll never look at the middle part of a pineapple in the same way again.

Can you eat the core of a pineapple?

Let’s answer the main question first before we move on to the benefits. The answer to the question of whether or not you can eat the core of a pineapple is a resounding “Yes!”. Many people are concerned about the center being poisonous, but this isn’t the case at all.

That’s not to say that there aren’t any differences between the juicy, soft outer flesh and the core; there are. Pineapple cores are much tougher and generally a lot less sweet than the main part we commonly eat, but that doesn’t mean you should be throwing your pineapple core away.

On the contrary, the center of a pineapple is actually jam packed with goodness, which makes it well worth keeping and using.

Pineapple core benefits

So, what are the numerous benefits to be found in the middle of your pineapple? Let’s take a look!

More fiber

While it may be a little on the tough side, eating the core of a pineapple is a great way to get a little extra fiber into you diet. Many of us simply do not get enough fiber daily, so throwing away a decent source of dietary roughage is pretty senseless.

Dietary fiber is absolutely essential if we want to maintain healthy digestive and immune systems. It’s thought to be highly beneficial when it comes to preventing some of the biggest medical issues faced in the west, including heart disease and certain cancers, and yet lots of people simply do not get enough.

As fiber only comes from plants, it makes sense that much of the population is lacking in this vital nutrient. Naturally, those of us who stick to plant-based whole foods are getting a lot more fiber than people eating a Standard American Diet, but you should still consider using that pineapple core rather than throwing it in the trash.

Bundles of bromelain

Pineapples are well known for their bromelain content as it is the only natural way for us to get these proteolytic enzymes into our diet, but the core holds especially high concentrations of this compound.

Bromelain is thought to have a number of benefits, including the reduction of inflammation within the body. Many people swear by bromelain as an effective natural way of reducing arthritic pain, while others include it in their diet to help with digestive issues and stomach problems.

Another claim that you’ll regularly come across when reading about bromelain benefits is that it can help with weight loss. I would, however, take this with a pinch of salt, as it is often those who are trying to sell bromelain supplements who are behind the information. I’m not saying it doesn’t work, but it does make you wonder and there’s no real science to back this claim up, either. Likewise, the claims that bromelain can possibly cause a reduction in the size of cancerous tumors is also a matter of conjecture.

There are also some who believe that bromelain can help encourage implantation after IVF treatment, but again, the science is sketchy at best. However, providing you consult with your doctor and are not effected by any of the issues listed below, there’s no harm in giving pineapple core a shot if you are trying to conceive ??

IMPORTANT: Bromelain isn’t always good news, and it can cause some rather unpleasant side effects. Some people may experience feelings of nausea after consuming this compound, while others may get diarrhea or menorrhagia (an increase in menstrual bleeding).

It’s also worth noting that certain medications do not react well to bromelain. If you are taking anticoagulants such as aspirin, apixaban, clopidogrel, or warfarin, for example, you should avoid it.

Similarly, bromelain can also increase the effect of some sedatives, including alcohol (check out our post on Can Vegans Drink Alcohol, too) and certain types of antidepressants and sleeping tablets. Consult your doctor if you are concerned.

Vitamin C and more

Finally, the core of a pineapple is loaded with another water-soluble antioxidant: vitamin C. This vitamin can, like fiber, help protect us against heart disease and it also helps the body to repair and restore itself. Other vitamin C benefits include its free radical fighting properties, decreased LDL cholesterol, and nitrate neutralization.

Alongside vitamin C, pineapple cores also store a number of important minerals, too. Manganese is present in relatively high quantities, which is essential for our bone metabolism and structure, and copper is there, too, which helps the body form collagen and absorb iron.

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How to use pineapple core

Now we know that we can eat pineapple cores, and that we really should be, how on earth do you go about it? After all, they’re pretty unappetizing when compared to the mouthwatering flesh that surrounds them.

Probably the easiest way is to chop them up after coring and throw them into a smoothie. This method allows you to benefit from the nutrients and fiber found within the pineapple core, but will save you from all the chewing and the bitter taste.

If you will be eating the flesh first but won’t need the core until later, it freezes really well. Chop the pineapple core into smallish chunks and freeze as a single layer before transferring into freezer bags. You’ll then be able to add them to your smoothie instead of ice cubes. Nice!

Be warned, though, pineapple cores are extremely tough, so you’ll need a pretty powerful blender to break them down into a pulp ready for drinking. We’ve written reviews of the best Ninja blender for smoothies to help you out.

Another method is to simply cut your pineapple slices thinly (a top quality mandoline slicer or a really sharp knife set is called for here). Peel the outer skin as you normally would, but instead of reaching for your pineapple corer, just start slicing straight away. Cutting your pineapple into very thin slices makes the core easier to eat and it doesn’t impart so much of its bitter taste in one go.

You could also use your pineapple core to make a stock or broth for use in various Asian dishes, but you’ll lose a lot of the goodness that way…especially the fiber.

Whatever method you decide to use, eat those pineapple cores instead of throwing them away. You’ll not only lower the amount of food waste you produce, you’ll also be doing your body a whole lot of good, too.

Name: Pineapple pulling.

Appearance: Satisfying, easy, yum.

Age: Older than you think.

I didn’t think anything until you mentioned it just now. Is “pineapple pulling” like pulled pork? I suppose it is another food trend.

How does one pull a pineapple, exactly? Well, rather than slicing off the ends of the fruit, peeling it, coring it, and digging out all those seeds and tufts …

That’s what I always do. It’s very faffy. Yes, well, instead of that, you just slice off one end, pinch each cell from the outside and tear it upwards away from the core, giving you a neat bite of fresh pineapple, and a nice dry tuft to hold it with.

ZOMG! All hail the internet! I want a pineapple to pull right now. That’s the tricky part.

Why does there always have to be a tricky part? Because that’s life. It’s a tricky business. Pineapple pulling swept the globe on Friday, when a man called Dennis Naghizadeh tweeted a clip of someone doing it. Since then, many others have tried, few with much success.

Dennis Naghizadeh (@DenzBenzi)

Wait, what? The whole time? The whole time!? THE WHOLE TIME!

March 8, 2019

You mean the internet is not reliable? I’m sorry to break it to you. Most pineapples seem to be too hard and dense to pull. There is some talk of needing a very ripe one, or softening it up first by rolling it, like a lime.

People roll limes? Absolutely. Do it before you cut one in half and it is much easier to juice. You can also put lemons in the microwave for a few seconds to achieve a similar result. Anyway, it turns out that there is an east Asian pineapple variety, known as the bogor or snack pineapple, which is ideal for pulling. Others, not so much.

So these failed pineapple pullers are not to blame? No. Everyone loves to try a fruit hack.

Like that lime thing? Exactly. Or the chop-and-twist method for removing avocado stones.

Chop down on it with a knife, then twist it out? Yup. Then there are mango hedgehogs.

Excuse me? Slice off the two flanks of a mango, skin and all. Score a grid into the flesh, turn them inside out, and hey presto! Mango hedgehogs.

Cool. My favourite is the trick for peeling kiwi fruit.

Yeah, that’s always a hassle. What’s the trick? Does it involve a teaspoon? No. Eat the skin as well.

What, that furry stuff? Yup. Some people love it, and it’s full of fibre.

Next you’ll be telling me there are two secret tabs that you can press into the ends of a box of kitchen foil to create an axle for the roll to spin on. Well, actually …

Do say: “Did you know that you can eat apple cores?”

Don’t say: “Yes. But I still don’t know why you would.”

Don’t throw away the best parts of a pineapple: the core and skin

The pineapple core

A pineapple’s core is very hard, and not as sweet as the rest of the pineapple, so we usually don’t want to eat it. But it is still very aromatic and nutritious. If you have a very powerful blender like a Vitamix, it can still be used to make a beautiful contribution to your cooking.
Usually I buy the fresh pineapple from the street market. I cut the core from the rest of the pineapple, then chop everything into smaller chunks, about 1 or 2 cm long, and keep them in the freezer.

Here are a few ways you can use the core of a pineapple:

1. Blend the core in a good blender like a Vita-mix, to make juice, or smoothies, together with other fruit or vegetables.
2. To make pineapple broth: Blend the core together with tomatoes, cabbage, celery or whatever you think is suitable, to make broth. You can choose to strain or not to strain the broth. The unstrained broth is good for making dishes such as Chinese hot and sour soup, minestrone soup, or any kind of thick soups. Clear pineapple broth can be replaced with any other kind of broth. Here’s a recommended recipe for you to try: Hot and sour soup.
3. If you are making fish or chicken stock, cook them together with pineapple core or maybe other vegetables and herbs. Use one or two cups of chopped pineapple core, will sweeten the stock and add a nice fragrance to it.

The pineapple skin

When we walk pass a pineapple stand in the market, the beautiful fragrance always invites us to take one home with us. But when we get home, the first thing we do is to chop off the pineapple skin and throw it away. Sure, no one wants to eat the hard pineapple skin, but it has a fragrance that can actually contribute a great deal to our cooking.

Here are some ways you can use the pineapple skin:

1. I always brush the pineapple to make it nice and clean before peeling it. Chop the pineapple peel into 2cm to 3cm strips, then keep them in the freezer.
2. Add the pineapple skin when making vegetable, fish, chicken, pork, and beef broth. Use from one cup up to half of a whole pineapple, depending on your taste. When I use pineapple for making broth, I hardly need to add other herbs, because the pineapple alone is enough to give the broth a wonderful aroma.
3. Pineapple stock is especially good when cooking seafood soups, tomato soup, spicy soups: like Thai tom yum soups, Korean kimchi soups, or Chinese hot and sour soup.
4. Making pineapple fruit vinegar. Pineapple peel has very active alkaline effect, it’s one of the best fruit to make fruit vinegar. I usually use pineapple together with apple, sugar, and rice vinegar to make fruit vinegar. It only takes about 3 to 6 months to make. Here’s a recommended recipe: Pineapple and apple vinegar. Simply use pineapple skin instead of the flesh of the fruit.

Which blender is suitable for pineapple?

Pineapples, particularly the core, are so tough and dense that they can wear out the motors of cheaper blenders or blunt their blades after a few months. Some blenders may start to have problems immediately, such as overheating or jamming, so if you’re using a cheap blender or food processor for pineapple, then please be cautious and just put in a small quantity of fruit at first, to see if it can deal with it.
I use a Vitamix blender for pineapple because I’ve found that they are very strong and reliable machines, and they can easily handle any amount of pineapple, or other tough fruits, vegetables and grains, for many years without maintenance. You can buy Vitamix blenders online here (this is a sponsored link).

A common myth persists when it comes to the popular pineapple: eating this fruit can automatically help you to lose weight quickly. But is it actually true that pineapples boost fat burning? We solve the mystery of this supposed “fat burner”.

Enzyme as panacea

The belief that pineapple allegedly accelerates fat burning can be traced back to the effects of bromelain. This enzyme, which is present mainly in the unripe fruit and in the stem, ‘digests’ milk protein and other proteins, which has a beneficial effect on digestion. Bromelain is apparently also said to burn fat in this way. Unfortunately, however, the myth is too good to be true! Bromelain is rapidly broken down in the body after it is consumed and is dispersed in the gut. It is therefore already inactive before it can even begin to take effect in the fatty tissue.

Nevertheless – pineapple gets a thumbs-up from us!

Even if it doesn’t magically burn fat, it is still a fantastically healthy fruit, which we should snack on as often as possible! It is low in calories, has a high water content and provides us with numerous vitamins and minerals. Regardless of whether or not you want to lose weight, a varied diet with plenty of fruit and vegetables is the basis for good nutrition. We should therefore forget about crash diets or rapid “fat killers” when it comes to enjoyable meals.

Let’s hear it for the pineapple!

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When I was a teenager, I was told that if you let a boy near you, you’d get pregnant within five minutes. Ok, this is a slight exaggeration. Still, the impression was you that if you that if you had sex and you’d conceive easily. When I think back to when my husband and I first started trying, I thought we’d get pregnant right away. I now laugh myself silly about this. What’s simultaneously sad and comforting is that those diagnosed with infertility are laughing along with me.

One in eight deal with infertility. When you have this medical condition, it can make you a little cray-cray (as the cool kids say). Putting aside for a moment that you are often taking hormone injections which would make even Gandhi hostile; fertility issues can strain your mental state, your relationships, and your bank account (as IVF is often not covered by insurance and is NOT cheap). What’s most daunting is you have no way of knowing if you’re ever going to have a family. I say all this to explain why you become a little desperate at times. I know I did. This is why I started my blog back in the day. To try and connect with others in the community, cope and stay sane.

When I heard that cough syrup could make your cervical mucus more “sperm friendly”, you could find me (and my trying-to-conceive sisters) at the grocery store in line buying Mucinex with ovulation prediction kits. On infertility chat boards, there might be chatter that eating Brazil nuts were the key to improving your egg quality. You’d immediately buy a bag of Brazil nuts that you’d snack on while watching the 1985 film Brazil after having a Brazilian wax. And then… cue the dramatic music… there is the one that everyone knows, that if you eat pineapple core after an IVF embryo transfer, it can help with implantation.

The theory is that pineapple (especially the core) contains something called bromelain. Bromelain is an enzyme that helps us break down and digest our food. When taken on an empty stomach, bromelain can act as a blood thinner and an anti-inflammatory, and all of this may help an embryo implant into the uterus.

First, is this pineapple theory even true or accurate? The jury is very much out. In all of my years of being a patient and infertility advocate, I’ve never heard a doctor yell, “GET HER A PINEAPPLE STAT!” What I’d really wish is a doctor would yell, “SHE NEEDS AN IV OF A PINA COLADA IMMEDIATELY!” but that hasn’t happened either.

That being said, why, out of everything, is the pineapple the symbol of trying to conceive and infertility? It’s everywhere on infertility chat boards, fertility memes and IVF Instagram accounts. Even the amazing folks at IVF Babble have even made the pineapple a symbol of being a proud womb warrior who kicks ass as they struggle to get knocked up!

When CooperGenomics asked me what I think about the pineapple being the symbol of the TTC/infertility world, I was thrilled they asked! I answered that I think we need to go further with it. I’m reminds me of two quotes I know about the pineapple. They are:

  • A pineapple has pointy defenses, but it’s still sweet.
  • Be a pineapple: Stand tall, wear a crown, and be sweet on the inside.

One of the things people say to you when you go through IVF, pregnancy loss, or sensitive matters surrounding infertility is “you’re so strong”. What people don’t realize is we don’t have a choice. Truly.

Yes, many in the community are, as mentioned earlier, “womb warriors”, but that’s because their desire to be a parent is so incredibly strong. That right there is a pineapple. We have a tough exterior to get through the hormone injections, the vaginal sonograms, the egg retrievals, the heartbreak of failed cycles, and the losses. On the inside however, the longing to be a parent, the sweetness and love to be a mom or dad is there. We should not be ashamed of that. We should be proud and wear that like a crown.

Infertility is a medical diagnosis, not a commentary on who we are as a person.

There’s another quote I love, and it is, “Parenthood requires love, not DNA.” All of our outcomes may be different. IUI, IVF, donor sperm, donor eggs, adoption, surrogacy, childfree resolution, etc. Wherever you are in your family building journey (or roller-coaster), I’m all for a pineapple being a symbol for this community because:

A) We are all royalty

B) We are strong

C) We all deserve a piña colada.

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You know how it is: before you get to the sweet and juicy flesh of the pineapple, some cutting work is needed, which means that some of this delicious treat is left over. It’s true that hardly anyone would want to eat the hard skin and green leaves of this exquisite fruit. But what about the core of the pineapple? Is it edible or do you need to throw the harder core away? We reveal all!

Underrated nutrition

Packed with vitamin C, minerals and enzymes, the pineapple is a healthy all-rounder for all snacking fans. But the beneficial ingredients are not only in the flesh of the fruit but also in the actual core. From a nutritional point of view, therefore, it is well worth your while trying the middle of the pineapple. But can the core of this tropical fruit really be eaten? The answer is a resounding yes! However, the core is harder and more fibrous than the actual pineapple flesh. If you don’t fancy eating it raw (which you could do if you wanted to), simply ‘process’ it a bit more. It’s a very tasty option that you can enjoy in a number of ways.

Our tips for a tasty pineapple core

To soften the hard core of the pineapple and make it more digestible, simply boil it briefly in water. This will make it very easy to cut and purée. The purée prepared in this way, combined with some pineapple juice, enhances the taste of smoothies, soups or alcohol-free summer cocktails. Use it as a topping for your morning breakfast muesli or to conjure up a cool fruit sorbet. Together with some pineapple slices, the puréed pineapple core is edible and makes a deliciously fruity dessert.

Tip: A very easy way of using the core is to simply grate it raw as a refreshing crumble over salads!

Who’s going to give it a try? We look forward to finding out!

Your Dole Team

Pineapples are tropical fruits that are rich in vitamins, enzymes and antioxidants. They may help boost the immune system, build strong bones and aid indigestion. And, despite their sweetness, pineapples are low in calories.

Pineapples are members of the bromeliad family, and are the only bromeliad that produces edible fruit, according to the Purdue University Center for New Crops and Plant Products. The fruit is made of many individual berries that grow together around a central core. Each pineapple scale is an individual flower, or berry.

The nutritional benefits of pineapples are as attractive as their unique anatomy. “Pineapples contain high amounts of vitamin C and manganese,” said San Diego-based nutritionist Laura Flores. These tropical fruits are also a good way to get important dietary fiber and bromelain (an enzyme).

“As well as having high amounts of manganese, which is important for antioxidant defenses, pineapples also contain high amounts of thiamin, a B vitamin that is involved in energy production,” Flores said.

For all its sweetness, one cup of pineapple chunks contains only 74 calories, according to the USDA National Nutrient Database. Pineapples are also fat-free, cholesterol-free and low in sodium. Not surprisingly, they do contain sugar, with about 14 grams per cup.

Nutrition facts

Here are the nutrition facts for raw pineapple, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture:

Serving size: 1 cup chunks (165 g)

Amount per serving:

Calories 74

Total Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 0 mg

Sodium 2 mg

Potassium 206 mg

Total Carbohydrate 19.5 g

Sugars 13.7 g

Protein 1g

Vitamin C 28 mg

Calcium 21 mg

The nutritional profile for canned pineapple is different from raw pineapple. According to the USDA, canned pineapple is typically higher in calories and higher in sugar. It also contains fewer vitamins and minerals. If you do opt for canned pineapple, try to get it with no added sugar or look for a variety that is canned in fruit juice instead of syrup.

Health benefits

Pineapple contains a significant amount of vitamin C, a water-soluble antioxidant that fights cell damage, according to the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University. This makes vitamin C a helpful fighter against problems such as heart disease and joint pain.

Pineapple may help you keep standing tall and strong. One cup of raw pineapple chunks contains 2.6 mg of manganese, a mineral that’s important for developing strong bones and connective tissue, according to the Linus Pauling Institute. A 1994 study suggested that manganese, along with other trace minerals, may be helpful in preventing osteoporosis in post-menopausal women.

The variety of vitamins and minerals in pineapples have many other health benefits, too. For example, “pineapples can help reduce the risk of macular degeneration, a disease that affects the eyes as people age, due in part to its high amount of vitamin C and the antioxidants it contains,” Flores said.

Like many other fruits and vegetables, pineapple contains dietary fiber, which is essential in keeping you regular and in keeping your intestines healthy, according to the Mayo Clinic.

But unlike many other fruits and veggies, pineapple contains significant amounts of bromelain, an enzyme that breaks down protein, which may help with digestion, according to the American Cancer Society. Multiple studies have suggested that bromelain could also be helpful in treating osteoarthritis.

Excessive inflammation is often associated with cancer, and according to the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, bromelain and other proteolytic enzymes have been shown to increase the survival rates of animals with various tumors.

Flores noted that because of their bromelain levels, pineapples can help reduce excessive coagulation of the blood. This makes pineapple a good snack for frequent fliers and others at risk for blood clots.

In addition to having lots of vitamin C, pineapple’s bromelain may help reduce mucus in the throat and nose, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. So if your cold has you coughing, try some pineapple chunks. Those with allergies may want to consider incorporating pineapple into their diets more regularly to reduce sinus mucus long term

Health risks

“Because pineapple is a great meat tenderizer, eating too much can result in tenderness of the mouth, including the lips, tongue and cheeks,” Flores said. “But, should resolve itself within a few hours.” But if the feeling persists, or if you experience a rash, hives or breathing difficulties, you should seek medical help immediately, as you could have a pineapple allergy.

Flores pointed out a possible negative to pineapple’s high levels of vitamin C. “Because of the high amount of vitamin C that pineapples contain, consuming large quantities may induce diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain or heartburn,” she said.

Additionally, extremely high amounts of bromelain can cause skin rashes, vomiting, diarrhea, and excessive menstrual bleeding, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Bromelain can also interact with some medications. Those taking antibiotics, anticoagulants, blood thinners, anticonvulsants, barbiturates, benzodiazepines, insomnia drugs and tricyclic antidepressants should be careful not to eat too much pineapple.

Eating unripe pineapple or drinking unripe pineapple juice is dangerous, according to the horticulture department at Purdue University. Unripe pineapple toxic to humans and can lead to severe diarrhea and vomiting. And, avoid eating too much of the pineapple core as it could cause fiber balls to form in the digestive tract.

Additional resources:

  • Read more about pineapple and find pineapple recipe ideas from Berkeley Wellness, a project from the University of California Berkeley.
  • Learn more about this edible bromeliad and other bromeliads on
  • Find out more about the social history of pineapples from Encyclopedia Britannica.

This article was updated on June 26, 2019 by Live Science Reference Editor Kimberly Hickok.

While most people only eat the flesh of the pineapple, the core can also be eaten and it contains valuable vitamins and nutrients.

The pineapple originated in Brazil and Paraguay. Native Americans spread it throughout the South and Central America to the West Indies before Spanish Conquistador Columbus carried it to Europe.

Pineapple Core Removal

Removing the green stem from the top of the pineapple is the first step to finding the core. Slice off the brown peel around the entire pineapple, then slice the whole pineapple into four equal rounds, and look at each section for a circular, small woody center. This is the pineapple core. It is edible, yet tougher than the flesh that it is surrounded by. Remove the core with an apple corer or a sharp knife.

Calories and Fiber

One hundred grams of fresh pineapple provides 86 calories, according to Organic Facts. Fresh pineapple is considered a high-fiber food. Fiber is very important for a healthy digestive and immune system.


The naturally occurring bromelain is a protein enzyme located in the stem, brown peel, flesh, and core of the pineapple. According to a study at The Louisiana State University, when bromelain content in the pineapple core was measured, researchers found that the core has an even higher level of bromelain than the fruit peel.

Vitamins and Minerals

Pineapple is a rich source of vitamin C, which supports immunity. Additionally, pineapple is an excellent source of manganese, which helps with proper bone formation, and copper. The pineapple core is as nutritious as the pineapple flesh, providing numerous essential nutrients.

Ariana Marisol is a contributing staff writer for She is an avid nature enthusiast, gardener, photographer, writer, hiker, dreamer, and lover of all things sustainable, wild, and free. Ariana strives to bring people closer to their true source, Mother Nature. She graduated The Evergreen State College with an undergraduate degree focusing on Sustainable Design and Environmental Science.

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The viral pineapple hack wasn’t as easy as it seemed, but it still works in practice

  • A video of someone pulling perfect chunks of pineapple out of the rind without using a knife recently went viral.
  • It makes sense that the method would work; pineapples are technically individual “fruitlets” joined together over time, as the Huffington Post reported.
  • Still, the video seemed too good to be true, so I put the pineapple hack to the test.
  • I could pull the fruitlets apart and eat the fruit without peeling and coring it, but I found the hack messy and more trouble than it’s worth.
  • Visit INSIDER’s homepage for more.

Pineapples are delicious, but preparing them to eat can be a real hassle.

With a spiky rind encasing the sweet, yellow fruit, there is seemingly no efficient means of eating the tropical treat without making an absolute mess.

That’s why people were shocked when a recent video depicted someone pulling perfect, complete chunks of pineapple out of the rind without a knife and with relative ease.

The video, which was initially posted by TikTok user @dillonroberts22, quickly went viral across multiple social-media platforms and left many commenters questioning how they had gone so long without knowing about the pineapple-eating hack.

Read more: A video that shows you how to eat a pineapple without using a knife is blowing people’s minds

—Jailen Pearl (@JailenPearl) March 6, 2019 —LadyPolitik (@Ladypolitik) March 6, 2019

As it turns out, there’s a pretty logical reason behind why this method actually works. As a 2014 article from the Huffington Post points out, pineapples grow as individual berries, or “fruitlets,” that fuse together to form the core of the fruit as the plant matures. So, in theory, pulling the chunks of fruit away as demonstrated in the video makes much more sense than hacking away at the rind. But in practice, I suspected that it may be more complicated.

The video looked too good to be true, so I decided to test the pineapple hack myself

I ventured out to my nearest grocery store to find a pineapple. I had done some research prior to my expedition and read that using a ripe pineapple would produce the best results, but most of the pineapples at my supermarket of choice did not appear to have reached full maturity.

Still, I plucked the softest, most yellow, and sweet-smelling pineapple from the bunch and headed for the checkout line.

The ripest pineapple of the bunch was not all that ripe, as it turned out. Meredith Cash/INSIDER

I had also read that, in addition to selecting a particularly ripe pineapple, rolling the fruit along a hard, flat surface could potentially help loosen the fibers and allow the pineapple fruitlets to separate more easily. I gave that a try — much to the amusement of my coworkers in the office kitchen — and then set about actually starting the experiment.

To me, the real mystery of this entire pineapple-peeling hack was how to begin

Every video I had seen depicted someone pulling fruitlets from the core, but none showed how to remove the leaves and break through the pineapple’s spiny exterior in the first place. Needless to say, I wasn’t exactly sure where to start.

I eventually settled on removing the leaves first. I gripped the body of the pineapple and twisted the leaves off the top, which was surprisingly difficult to do. Eventually, the leaves popped off, but I was left with a pineapple that was fully intact and had no means of reaching the fruit inside.

No entry point here. Meredith Cash/INSIDER

After making a fruitless attempt at tearing bits of the pineapple away with my bare hands, I resigned to using a knife to get myself started. I sliced along the top of the pineapple, making sure to cut into the spaces between the fruitlets rather than through the fruitlets themselves.

After a futile attempt at prying the pineapple open with my bare hands, I used a knife to get started. Meredith Cash/INSIDER

Unfortunately, the top of my pineapple was still rather green, so the fruitlets were a bit stubborn about pulling apart. The further down the pineapple I moved, however, the more yellow the fruitlets became and the more easily I was able to pry chunks of fruits from the rind.

However, even when I was working with the ripest part of the pineapple, I had to fight a bit to remove the fruitlets from the core. My pineapple pulling was most effective when I dug my nail under the fruitlet and tried to prop it loose from the core. The hack definitely “worked” in the sense that it was possible to pull chunks of pineapple out without using a knife to cut it free, but it certainly wasn’t a seamless process.

Ta-da! Meredith Cash/INSIDER

Even though the hack works, it may be more trouble than it’s worth

I found the experience to be quite untidy. Anyone who has eaten a pineapple knows that it is a particularly juicy fruit, so ripping and tugging pieces away from the core created quite a sticky mess.

It’s also possible that the pineapple featured in the initial viral video may have been specially grown to peel apart with ease. Eater suggested that the fruit in question may have been a Tainung No. 4, which is a softer, less juicy pineapple variety from Taiwan that is colloquially known as the “Easy Peeler.” Meanwhile, ABC Australia culinary correspondent Alice Zaslavsky told BBC World’s Rico Hizon that she successfully completed the hack using a tiny pineapple specially grown in the Ishigaki, Okinawa, region of Japan. I’d love to get my hands on one of the specialty fruits, but it appears that they are only available in the eastern hemisphere, so it seems pretty impractical to try this hack on other types of pineapples.

Unless you want to try pulling the pineapple apart while sitting in the bathtub or leaning over a sink, I can’t imagine that this trick would be worthwhile. It probably makes more sense to just put in the grunt work and cut the pineapple into bite-sized pieces the old-fashioned way.

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  • Disneyland is now selling pineapple cotton candy and it’s even better than the real thing
  • A new sticker that you put on fruit claims to keep it fresh for up to 2 weeks — see how it works

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