How do you know if a pineapple is bad?

In this brief guide, we are going to answer the question “how do you know if a pineapple is bad” with an in-depth analysis of different ways to spot a bad pineapple. Moreover, we are going to discuss the shelf life of pineapples.

So if you are wondering which indicators you should keep in mind to tell whether or not this nutritious fruit has gone bad, you need not worry as we are going to tell you exactly that.

So without much ado, let’s dive in and figure out more about it.

How do you know if a pineapple is bad?

You should consider the appearance, texture, and smell of pineapple to give a final verdict about whether or not pineapple has gone bad.

Appearance

If you spot a mold or some organic growth on your pineapple, then the best thing you can do in this scenario is to get rid of the whole pineapple.

Moreover, molds can also produce mycotoxins in pineapples that have gone bad and if you consume or even inhale these mycotoxins they can disturb your gut flora and can weaken your immune system.

If the mold is only on a small portion of the pineapple then what you can do is to cut an inch of the area surrounding the moldy part and discard it but if the mold is on a large area then you have to discard the whole pineapple.

Moreover, if you spot some brown discoloration in the pineapple then it is recommended to get rid of that wedge or part of the pineapple. So don’t eat brown discolored pineapple.

Texture

Fresh raw pineapples are firm to touch. So if you feel something slimy, gooey, or if the pineapple is mushy or limp then it is an indication of a bad pineapple. If you notice some soft spots on your pineapple then it is recommended to cut out those parts and discard them.

Moreover, if your pineapple starts to dry out either you can consume it immediately or you have to discard it afterward.

Smell

If you smell a strong sour or acidic smell while taking a sniff test of your pineapple then it is better to get rid of such pineapple.

You should consider the points mentioned above while making a final verdict on whether or not the pineapple is suitable to consume.

Eating a bad pineapple can put you at the risk of many food-borne illnesses, especially food poisoning. Eating spoiled pineapple in a large quantity can cause vomiting, diarrhea, nausea, and abdominal cramps.

Shelf life of pineapple

The whole pineapple lasts for about 1-2 days if it is stored in a cool, dry, and dark corner of the pantry away from direct sunlight and heat.

On the other hand, when the whole pineapple is stored in the fridge at or below 40 degrees Fahrenheit, its shelf life increases a bit owing to the cold temperature of the fridge and such pineapple lasts for about 4-5 days in the fridge.

Once you have sliced or cut the pineapples, their shelf life decreases owing to the now large exposed surface area and the sliced pineapples last for only about 3-5 days when stored in an air-tight container or plastic zipper bag in the fridge at or below 40 degrees Fahrenheit.

On the other hand, cut pineapple lasts for about 2 hours when left out at room temperature. 

You should discard the cut pineapple that has been left in open for more than 2 hours as bacterial growth takes place at a faster pace between the temperature of 40 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit, therefore there are greater chances of the pineapple being already contaminated with bacteria when left out for more than 2 hours.

Moreover, if the temperature of the surroundings is about 90 degrees Fahrenheit, then the process of spoilage takes place at a faster pace and it is recommended to discard pineapple slices that are left out in the open for more than an hour at 90 degrees Fahrenheit.

You can also store your pineapple by cutting it in the form of chunks or slices and putting it in a plastic freezer bag in the freezer and they will have their freshness and flavor preserved for a long time there. Pineapple lasts for about 3-5 months when stored properly in the fridge. 

Last but not least, unopened canned pineapple lasts for about 3-6 months or even more if it is stored in a cool, dry, and dark corner of the pantry away from direct sunlight and heat. Once you have opened the canned pineapple it is recommended to store it in the fridge.

It is worth mentioning that these figures are just the estimated shelf life of pineapple and within this time you can enjoy the best quality of the pineapple.

You can read different ways to cut pineapple here.

Conclusion

In this brief guide, we answered the question “how do you know if a pineapple is bad” with an in-depth analysis of different ways to spot a bad pineapple. Moreover, we discussed the shelf life of pineapples.

Citations

https://www.doesitgobad.com/pineapple-go-bad/
https://www.leaf.tv/articles/when-to-throw-away-pineapple/
https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/how-to-pick-a-pineapple
https://www.luckybelly.com/does-pineapple-go-bad/

Mahnoor Asghar is a Clinical Nutritionist with a bachelor's degree in Nutrition and Dietetics. She is compassionate and dedicated to playing her part in the well-being of the masses. She wants to play a fruitful role in creating nutrition and health-related awareness among the general public. Additionally, she has a keen eye for detail and loves to create content related to food, nutrition, health, and wellness.