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How to Spiral Cut a Pineapple

By Cook's Illustrated Published March 2012

This method for cutting a pineapple is both attractive and efficient.

Removing the prickly “eyes” from pineapple typically either involves wasting a lot of the fruit or creating unsightly gouges. The spiral-cut technique popular in Asian countries ­preserves more of the best part of the fruit while sculpting it into an attractive shape.

1. With sharp knife, slice off crown and bottom of pineapple.

2. Holding pineapple upright, pare off rind from top to bottom as thing as possible. Lay fruit on 1 side. 

3. Working around pineapple, cut shallow, diagonal V-shaped grooves just deep enough to remove eyes, following their natural spiral pattern. Slice pineapple as desired.