I was reading a recent post of Joey at 80breakfasts about peeling a pineapple (the first she had actually peeled) and realized I had a related post which I should write and share with Marketmanilaâ€™s readers. Die-hard or hard-core Marketmanila readers would know that I am allergic to pineapples and it seems to be the only serious food allergy I have at the momentâ€¦though I suspect I am developing a more blanket allergy to fruits with high acidityâ€¦ As a kid, I utterly loved pineapples, and I especially looked forward to eating the tough and chewy center rib of the fruit, which is typically discarded. I found the chewy and usually sweet center rib to be similar in texture to young sugar cane but with the juiciness and flavor of pineapple. My allergy to the fruit only started in my twenties and now I canâ€™t even touch an unpeeled pineapple without getting the hibbie-jibbiesâ€¦
At any rate, many months ago, when my sister was visiting from New York, she spied a vendor at the Salcedo market (near the brazo de Mercedes stall, beside the baskets place) making quick shrift of peeling a pineapple and removing its eyes. Actually, here are some little known pieces of pineapple trivia: a pineapple is technically the fruit of an HERB, and the fruit is technically a fusion of HUNDREDS of individual fruits, and hence lots of eyesâ€¦you can read more in my much earlier post on pineapple fruit, here. My sister spotted a unique deadly looking metal contraption that rapidly dug into the side of a peeled fruit and removed several eyes in one quick motionâ€¦the finished product still had that nice swirl of cuts (kinda like a the swirls on a barberâ€™s pole) but it was much easier and faster to prep when you used this â€œpineapple de-eyeing tool.â€ Of course she had the quickness and presence of mind to ask the vendor to bring her half a dozen of the tools the following Saturday so that we that we could buy them. The tool is in the photo above. I donâ€™t remember how much she charged us but it was very reasonableâ€¦ So now, to prep a pineapple, our cook just removes the pineapple skin, then uses this tool to quickly remove all of the eyes and it is ready to be chilled before eatingâ€¦ And if you want a cooked pineapple recipe, check out this very, very good pineapple upside down cake!