Smooth Cayenne Pineapples
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The Smooth Cayenne Pineapple variety is the kind of Pineapple mostly grown in Hawaii. 

Smooth Cayenne Pineapples are larger, juicier and sweeter than Red Spanish Pineapples, partly because Red Spanish are often picked slightly green in order to travel by boat.  Smooth Cayenne Pineapples are picked ripe and are also more expensive than Red Spanish Pineapples.

Availability

Smooth Cayenne Pineapples are available all year long.

Cultivation

Production

Dole and Del Monte grow and market Smooth Cayenne Pineapples exclusively, so one way to insure you’re getting Smooth Cayenne Pineapples is to simply buy one of those two brands.

Varieties

Purchasing

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

The best way to tell if a Smooth Cayenne 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 Smooth Cayenne 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 Pineapple yield for all your peeling if you buy a bigger one.

Storage

Once you have the Smooth Cayenne 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).  Smooth Cayenne Pineapple meat itself will last refrigerated and covered for two to three days in a covered container or plastic bag. Cut Smooth Cayenne Pineapple left out, uncovered, will dry out very quickly.

Culinary Uses

Portion Size

Allow 1-2 oz of Smooth Cayenne 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