Red Spanish Pineapple
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Red Spanish Pineapple is a Pineapple variety grown in Mexico, Puerto Rico and Central America. Red Spanish Pineapples have orange colored skin, are somewhat smaller than Smooth Cayenne Pineapples, and their flesh is more fibrous.

Season

Availability

Red Spanish Pineapples are available all year long.

Cultivation

Production

Red Spanish Pineapples are often picked somewhat green so that they ripen as they travel by boat to markets around the world.

Varieties

Purchasing

When buying Red Spanish Pineapples, look for ones that are fully ripe. Unripe Red Spanish Pineapples can be extremely dangerous causing excessive diarrhea and severe vomiting.

The best way to tell if a Red Spanish Pineapple is ripe is to smell it. It should give off a good strong Pineapple aroma, but not one that seems at all fermented. If it smells fermented it means that it’s beginning to spoil.  The top sprout of leaves should be green with no browning on them.  The skin of the Red Spanish Pineapple should give slightly, but there should be no big soft spots or dark coloration.  Also, check the top leaves for any signs of mold.  In this case, smaller doesn’t mean better.  You’ll just have more Red Spanish Pineapple yield for all your peeling if you buy a bigger one.

Storage

Once you have the Red Spanish Pineapple home, store it at room temperature.  If it was very firm when you bought it, allow it to soften for a day or two before cutting it (though the interior flesh won’t get any sweeter).  Red Spanish Pineapple meat itself will last refrigerated and covered for two to three days in a covered container or plastic bag. Cut Red Spanish Pineapple left out, uncovered, will dry out very quickly.

Culinary Uses

Portion Size

Allow 1-2 oz Red Spanish Pineapple per person.

Pairings

Cashews, Macadamia NutsPistachios, Walnuts, Allspice, Cardamom, Cayenne, Cinnamon, Cloves, Curry, Fennel Seeds, Lemongrass, Mint, Black Pepper, Salt, Rosemary, Saffron, Sugar, Star Anise, Vanilla, Avocadoes, Peppers, Cilantro, Ginger, Onions, Shallots, Spinach, Sweet Potatoes, Apricots, Bananas, Blackberries, Blueberries, Coconut, Coconut Milk, Grapefruit, Kiwi, Lemons, Limes, Mangoes, Papaya, Passion Fruit, Pomegranate, Raspberries, Strawberries, Chicken, Crab, Lobster, Fish, Meat, Pork, Poultry, Scallops, Butter, Cheese, Cream, Ice Cream, Yogurt, Brandy, Caramel, Chocolate, Cognac, Honey, Maple Syrup, Olive Oil, Rice, Vinegars, Wine, Marinades, SaladsSauces

Substitutes

Natal Queen Pineapple

Nutritional Value

Nutritional Value USDA
PINEAPPLE,RAW,ALL VAR
Amount Per 100g
Calories 50
%Daily Value*
 
0%
Total Fat 0g
0%
Saturated Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
0%
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 1mg
2%
Potassium 109mg
4%
Total Carbohydrate 13g
4%
Dietary Fiber 1g
Sugars 9g
Protein 0g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Nutrition

Gluten Free

Yes

Low Fat

Yes

Low Calorie

Yes