We love pineapple and I buy a whole one every week at Trader Joe's during my Monday morning shopping trip. I'll leave it sitting out on the counter until Thursday to get nice and ripe. When I can easily pull out one of the leaves I know its ready.
A new trick I just learned is to set it upside down for about an hour before cutting and all the sugars and juices will spread throughout the fruit - yum!
For all its yummy sweetness, pineapple has only 82 calories for a cup of cut up chunks. It is a great source of Vitamin C, manganese, fiber and is one of the only sources of the anti-inflammatory enzyme bromeliad. I add a slice to my smoothie (along with frozen berries, spinach, coconut milk, Brazilian nuts, flax and a banana) and love it in fresh squeezed juice.
When we were undergoing fertility treatments I ate A LOT of pineapple - supposed to make your uterus sticky. Both times I got pregnant quickly, so ya never know - maybe it was the pineapple!!
Try grilling it sprinkled with a teeny tiny bit of salt and pepper - DELICIOUS!!!