The pineapple is a
very sweet tropical fruit. It can be up to 1 foot tall.
Pineapple is commonly eaten fresh, in desserts, or cooked
as part of a sauce or glaze.
When buying fresh
pineapple, choose a good-smelling fruit that feels solid.
The topmost leaves should be a bit loose (meaning ripe)
and not browning (meaning too old). There should not be a
yeasty smell at the bottom.
When buying canned
pineapple, choose pineapple packed in juice. Name-brand
pineapple is sweeter, and thus better suited for eating
without added sugar. The cheaper store-brand pineapple is
fine for baking.