How to eat a pineapple

By Thomas Isom
April 16, 2015

Pineapple season is a very short time in Mozambique. 

Milange is one of the fortunate places in the country to have pineapples. Since the season is so short, you don’t want to look like a Westerner by cutting it up in nice little cubes and placing it in a Tupperware container.

Follow these easy steps and you will be on your way to eating a pineapple just like a local.

1. Go to the market and buy a pineapple.

How to eat a pineapple

2. Pick out the biggest knife that you have; a machete works well too if you have one.

How to eat a pineapple
Find a knife

3. Trim down some of the stem. This will allow you to be able to grip the pineapple when you eat it.

How to eat a pineapple
Trim down the stem

4. Cut off the end of the pineapple. There will be a sneak peek of the snack you are about to enjoy.

How to eat a pineapple
Cut off the end

5. Cut off the entire skin. For good placement, it is best to hold onto the area of the pineapple that you just cut.

How to eat a pineapple
Cut off the skin

6. Hold onto the trimmed stem and munch on the entire pineapple. Rotate the pineapple as you eat it. For a closest comparison, it is best to imagine someone eating a turkey leg or corn on the cob.

How to eat a pineapple

7. Once you eat all of the pineapple besides the rind, discard the pineapple in the nearest ditch you can find. If you have a compost pile, please use that though.

How to eat a pineapple

Congratulations! You are now on your way to acting more like the local people of Mozambique.


Most people in Mozambique do not have a refrigerator, freezer or Tupperware. Therefore, they must consume the entirety of the pineapple before it goes bad. They do not let anything going to waste here.

Thomas Isom