Sugar Loaf Pineapple
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One of the four major types of Pineapple is the Sugar Loaf Pineapple,  also known as the Kona Sugarloaf Pineapple (the Red Spanish Pineapple, the Smooth Cayenne Pineapple, and the Natal Queen Pineapple are the other three). 

The flesh of the Sugar Loaf Pineapple is pale yellow, and it is less acidic.



Sugar Loaf Pineapples are available all year long.





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

The best way to tell if a Sugar Loaf 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 Sugar Loaf 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.


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

Culinary Uses

Portion Size

Allow 1-2 oz of Sugar Loaf Pineapple per person.


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Nutritional Value

Nutritional Value USDA
Amount Per 100g
Calories 50
%Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g
Saturated Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 1mg
Potassium 109mg
Total Carbohydrate 13g
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.

Gluten Free


Low Fat


Low Calorie