What to Look For

Pineapples that are plump with deep green crown leaves should be selected.  Pick pineapples that are as large as possible for the maximum amount to edible flesh.  Old, dry, and brown crown leaves should be avoided.  

Pineapples are harvested when ready to eat.  As the fruit matures, The shell colour will change from green to yellow, starting from the base.

Ideal Storage

  • 10°C - 13°C for partially ripe pineapples
  • 7°C - 10°C for ripe pineapples
  • 85 - 90% Relative Humidity

Pineapples can be stored for 2-4 weeks in air and 4-6 weeks in a controlled atmosphere.

Exposure to temperatures below 7°C will result in chilling injury.  Symptoms include failure to ripen properly, wilted and discolouration of crown leaves, and darkening of core tissue.

Response to Ethylene

Exposure to ethylene may result in faster degreening, but does not affect ripening process.