This is honestly a revelation.
Some discoveries in life are so shocking, they make you question everything that’s ever happened to you. This about describes how it feels to find out that we may have been eating pineapples wrong this entire time.
If you haven’t seen the pineapple hack that’s been trending on Twitter over the last week or so, look for yourself:
According to this hack, not only do you not need to cut or core a pineapple, you don’t even need to peel it. In fact, all you do is pull it apart, piece by piece, using the nodes on the rind as a guide.
In practice, it’s not quite so simple. This method is most easily done with something called a snack pineapple or “snack pine,” a specialty version of the produce that’s smaller (around 10 centimeters in diameter), sweeter, and less fibrous than a traditional pineapple. Perhaps unsurprisingly, snack pineapples are big in Japan, where fresh fruit is a form of art.
Luckily, you can still get the same results from a standard pineapple from the store— just start with one that’s very ripe, and per one pineapple guru, roll it across the table to loosen the fibers first. And to be clear: You do need to remove the top first, and you may have to make some preliminary cuts to get started.
Quite frankly, unless you do get your hands on a cute little snack pine, dealing with a full-sized pineapple this way seems a touch wasteful, and a little messy. On the other hand, it’s undeniably useful in case you should ever find yourself, I don’t know, stranded on a tropical island with nothing to eat but fresh fruit.
In the meantime, let me know if you’ve successfully managed to complete this hack, or if you have an even more efficient method for us to try. More importantly: If anyone has information on other "snack" versions of existing fruits, I'm listening.