Pineapple: This Week's Market Report "Good Buy!" 

It’s pineapple season! When warmer air turns brisk and these fruits are heavy with juice on their trees, it’s the perfect time to hack into one. Or a dozen. Pineapple’s intense sweetness is an obvious match for desserts, but I love them in savory dishes as well. The high acid and sugar content of pineapples makes for perfect marinades and tenderizers for meat. Whether added to a favorite barbeque sauce recipe, or muddled with oil, garlic, onion, and herbs, these fruits transform grilled, roasted, fried, or broiled proteins. Saving half of your marinade and adding extra chopped pineapple to the batch doubles as a bright, fresh sauce to spoon on top. Fresh pineapples are also sturdy enough for end-of-summer grilling. I love slices glazed with habanero and cilantro marinade and imprinted with classic, smoky grill marks. Just make sure to choose pineapples that have a strong, sweet aroma and that are heavy for their size. If it doesn’t smell sweet or feel heavy in your hands, it’s not ready to eat yet!

About the Chef

Stephanie Goldfarb is a Chicago-based chef and national food television personality specializing in seasonal, globally-inspired cuisine. Recognized as the winner of Food Network’s America’s Best Cook competition, and a celebrity chef on Kitchen Inferno and NBC’s Food Fighters, Goldfarb delivers unique and relatable culinary experiences to discriminating and casual diners alike. As the owner of the successful Seven Species Supper Club & Catering, she enjoys the challenge of building brand new menus each month that inspire both repeat clients and newcomers, and seeks opportunities to utilize new ingredients, techniques, and approaches in accessible ways.