Best Ways to Enjoy Fresh Pineapple

Few fruits can rival pineapple for freshness and juiciness. One of the best ways to enjoy fresh pineapple is simply to slice it up and dig in. But if you’re interested in getting a little more creative in the kitchen, you can try the following tips and recipes for fresh pineapple.

Pudding Pops

Pudding pops are a great way to beat the summertime heat, and they’re incredibly easy to make. Just whip up a batch of vanilla pudding from a box, following the directions. Then, puree some fresh pineapple and banana slices, and then blend well with the pudding. Freeze in ice pop molds.

Grilled Pineapple

Grilling is a great way to intensify the sweet flavors of fresh pineapple. First, blend together two tablespoons of brown sugar with the juice of one lime. Toss with large pineapple chunks. Place the large chunks on skewers and grill over medium heat for about 10 to 15 minutes, turning occasionally.

You can enjoy grilled pineapple as is, or use it as a topper on pizza. Or, serve it for dessert with a slice of angel food cake and whipped cream.

Pineapple Drinks

Did you know that pineapple and margaritas go perfectly together? After cutting some fresh pineapple into chunks, puree it with a food processor or blender. Then, add it to your favorite margarita mix.

Another option is to create pineapple mint vodka. Peel and slice one whole pineapple. Add it to a large jar and cover it completely with vodka. Add two sprigs of mint. Let it sit for at least eight hours, or up to three days. Strain before serving.

Pineapple Salad

You can always add pineapple to a standard fruit salad, but you might also try it in a garden salad. Try it with lettuce, cilantro, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, and your other favorite salad veggies. The juice from the fresh pineapple will act like a dressing.

You’ll find fresh and delicious produce at Villa’s Market in Nogales, AZ. To inquire about their store hours or selection, you can call their office at (520) 281-9717.