How to Juice Pineapple Skin

Boiling pineapple skin makes a nutritious juice.

Boiling pineapple skin makes a nutritious juice.

Pineapple is a delicious and juicy tropical fruit that is considered a symbol of hospitality. Although pineapple may represent a welcome gift in the Tropics, to many of us it represents a yummy snack or dessert. The sweet golden flesh of the pineapple is high in vitamin C and fiber. It also contains bromelain, an enzyme that breaks down proteins, making pineapple a perfect meat tenderizer. Surprisingly, the thick skin of a pineapple that is often discarded also has nutritional benefits. So instead of trashing the skin after you cut up a fresh pineapple, follow these steps to make a refreshing and healthy juice.

Rinse the outside of the pineapple with water. Place the pineapple on a cutting board. Following the natural curve of the fruit, and cut off the skin from the top of the pineapple to the bottom.

Put the pineapple skin into a pot and fill with cool water until the skins are just covered.

Place pot over high heat and bring to a boil.

Cover and reduce heat to medium. Allow to boil for 20-25 minutes.

Remove from heat and strain pineapple skins from the liquid. Discard skins.

Let the juice cool at room temperature. Store the juice in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Items you will need

  • 1 fresh pineapple
  • Sharp serrated knife
  • Cutting board
  • Large pot with lid
  • Strainer
  • Airtight container

Tip

  • Store this juice for up to two days.
 

About the Author

Hillary E. Berner is a registered dietitian and certified dietitian-nutritionist. She specializes in the areas of medical nutrition therapy, weight management, healthy cooking and behavioral health. Berner holds a Master of Science in nutrition and a Bachelor of Science in dietetics.

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