When in the vegetable department and pineapple are on sale. . . move on . . . pick one! But which is right? It can be hard to tell, but if you want to eat it right away, I can tell you which one to choose
All you need is just the eyes and nose
When you look at the fruit. . . all pineapple is basically the same. Some will obviously look better than others.
I usually choose a pineapple that is partially turning yellow. I would say 1/3 or less of the pineapple should be yellow. Anything more than that will be over-ripe.
You can also try to extract one of the green stalks out of the top. A truly (almost overripe) pineapple will allow you to pull out. If you are going to eat it right away it’ll be alright. There will probably some brown spots on the inside which is fine to eat, but you’d better choose one that is difficult to draw.
Tips and Warnings
No yellow on a pineapple means that it is not fully mature. You can select one of these if you do not eat it for 2 to 3 days.
Slightly yellow on a pineapple is perfect for eating in a day.
Definite yellow at least 1/4 to 1/3 of the pineapple is ripe, now.
The ends of the stems at the top can be a little pokey, so be careful. You should break off the top when you get it home so you do not get stung by them later.