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Consuming Thoughts Fay Strickler Penn State Extension Home Economist For Berks Co. According to the calendar, spring arrived several weeks ago. Let’s just hope Mother Nature has looked at the calendar, too, and isn’t going to keep switching the seasons back and forth. Even if the weather doesn’t always cooperate, we can add a cheery note to our meals and snacks with fresh spring fruits and vegetables that are available now. One of the most flavorful spring fruits is the pineapple. Although pineapples are avail able year round, fully half the crop moves to market from March through June. You’ve probably noticed pineapples have been in the market place for several weeks because Hawaii ships more pineapples in March than any other month. Puerto Rico ships YOUR POST FRAME BUILDING HEADQUARTERS Wickes Lumber is the place to turn for all your packaged building needs. We offer a wide selection of sizes and styles of buildings, perfect for a variety of needs. 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Be sure to keep the fruit away from heat and sunlight A pineapple cannot sweeten or ripen after harvest because it has no starch reserve. It is the starch reserve that improves the texture and taste of bananas and pears after harvest. A pineapple will never be any sweeter than when it was picked but it may be less acid, since some acid can be lost through respiration. Eventually, the shell color will change and the fruit will soften but these are char acteristics of deterioration, not EVERYTHING YOU'LL /KEEP/ salespeople and you’ve got it all! Computer Aided Customizing! Any of our package designs can be tailored to suit your needs with our Computer Aided Design capabilities. Ask a Wickes Lumber associate for details! M kA Lumber ripening. Like peaches and tomatoes, pineapples must be harvested before they are fully ripe. This harvesting stage is sometimes called mature-green. The closer pineapple come to ripeness, the less market life it has when picked. On the other hand, the greener it is when picked, the less palatable it will be when the con sumer buys it A lot of comprom ising must be made. So how do you choose a pineap ple? The best advice is to let your eyes be your guide. Select one that is plump and fresh looking. Fresh, deep-green crown leaves are a good sign. A fruit that is old look ing, dry and brown leaves should be avoided. Fragrance is a good sign, too, but usually the fruit is kept too cold to be fragrant. The eyes should be flat to almost hol low. Ease with which leaves can be pulled out is not a sign of good quality. The thump test is of no value and the shell color is not an indication of maturity. The grower can rely on a test of the sugar con tent using a special instrument Many supermarkets have cut ters available which remove the skin and the core, while other pro duce departments have the fruit cleaned and cut in cubes and ready for immediate consumption. Preparing a fresh pineapple at home takes only minutes. 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