How can you tell if a pineapple is ripe?

Two summers ago, I spent every three days cutting up pineapples because welp. Our family loves pineapples. As a joke we even bought ourselves a doormat with three pineapples on it. When people try to find our home we just tell them, "It's the house with the pineapple doormat!" and I don't believe anyone has had trouble finding the place so far. 
So to answer the blog post, "how can you tell if a pineapple is ripe?" I actually have no idea most of the time, but I like to check the smell, color and squishiness of the pineapple. If it smells sweet and fruity, the color is more yellow than green and is not stiff, I declare it a ripe pineapple. My mother is usually the one preparing fruits now and she likes to put pineapples near a window with strong sunlight. I don't know if there is a significant difference by doing that, but they look gorgeous sitting in the sun anyways. 

When I was younger, I was told if you pull on the leaves and it easily comes out, it is also an indicator that the pineapple is ripe. Online sources have told me otherwise, but I still pull out the leaves anyways. In fact, one of my favorite pastimes as a bored child was pulling out pineapple leaves (not really).

Imagine you were a hair dresser and your client sits in that waiting chair will crazy pineapple hair. Wouldn't you give them a tub of styling cream? I would. 


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