To Test your Pineapple for Ripeness: Lift the pineapple by a single leaf. If the leaf detaches, the pineapple is ripe. Try this test several times with the same pineapple - if none of the leaves come out, it's not ripe.
Also, when buying fresh pineapple, always check for over-ripeness. Gently press your thumb into the sides of the pineapple. If it feels "mushy" or very soft in places (so that you can indent it with your thumb), it's over-ripe.
For This Recipe You Will Also Need:
- 1 can good-quality coconut milk
- 1/2 cup loosely packed brown sugar
- pinch of salt
- Optional: 1 Tbsp. coconut extract (baking type), OR 2 Tbsp. coconut-flavored liqueur (for an extra, adult treat!)
- 8-10 wooden or stainless-steel skewers