Make this super refreshing and easy fresh pineapple juice at home in under 10 minutes. It is sweet and tangy with that perfect amount of tartness. This nutrient-rich beverage is apt to freshen you up in summer. Here is how to make it.
Here are some more pineapple recipes that you may like – Strawberry Pineapple Smoothie, Pineapple Sauce, Thai Pineapple Fried Rice, Restaurant Style Pineapple Raita, Kerala Style Pineapple Pachadi, and Pineapple Banana Smoothie.
About This Recipe
Fresh Pineapple Juice is a sweet and tart tropical delight that is made using just 3 ingredients – fresh pineapple, granulated white sugar, and black salt.
Water is added to adjust the consistency and ice cubes to make it nice, chilled, and apt for a hot sunny day. It is quick, easy, and super refreshing.
I have added a little sugar while making the juice but you can avoid it if you are cutting down on the sugar or if the pineapple is super sweet.
You can sip this juice in between meals, have it as an evening snack or enjoy a chilled glass with your breakfast. I love to serve it for my backyard parties or BBQs too. It will surely freshen you up along with keeping you hydrated.
The best part about making it at home is that it is free of any added color, preservatives, and other chemicals.
When made at home you can always control the sugar in the juice or even completely avoid adding it for health reasons.
Also, the taste of bottled juices can never match the taste of fresh juice prepared at home. It is also super economical to make it at home, and when it comes together in under 10 minutes, there is no looking back.
This raw pineapple juice recipe is vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free too.
Health Benefits Of Fresh Pineapple Juice
Pineapple juice has many health benefits. It is rich in minerals like potassium, manganese, calcium, and phosphorus, and also in fiber.
It is low in calories, helps in digestion, and improves gut health. Pineapple helps in digestive-related problems such as constipation, diarrhea, and irritable bowel syndrome.
Pineapple is rich in vitamin C and by drinking one glass of it, you get 30% of your daily Vit C requirement. It boosts your immune system, which is very important for the overall growth of your body.
Bromelain present in pineapples can fight free radicals and cancerous cells. It boosts the immune system and is rich in antioxidants. As a result, it reduces the risk of cancer.
It improves blood circulation, lowers blood pressure, and reduces the risk of a heart attack. You can see more details here.
Ingredients & Substitutes
Pineapple – Choose a nice ripe and fresh pineapple to juice. To save time and effort, you can also buy pre-cut pineapple.
Sugar – Sugar is optional. Add it only if you feel it’s needed. Sometimes the pineapple is very sweet and needs no extra sweetener. You can also replace sugar with honey or maple syrup.
Black Salt – This ingredient will take your regular homemade juice to another level. Try it and thank me later!
You can always add in some regular salt and ground black pepper for that extra taste. Adding mint leaves and ginger is also a good option.
How To Make Pineapple Juice
Prepare The Pineapple
Start by preparing the pineapple. Lay a medium-size ripe pineapple on its side and chop of the top and bottom part exposing the flesh.
Now keep the pineapple upright and cut the skin off the flesh along with the eyes.
Cut the peeled pineapple into slices and then chop the slices into 1-inch pieces.
Juice The Pineapple
Add the pineapple pieces to a blender along with 1 cup of water, 2 tablespoon sugar, and ¼ teaspoon black salt. Don’t add the sugar if the pineapple is very sweet.
Blend until smooth.
Strain the juice using a fine-mesh strainer. Be sure to press out all the juice by pressing the pulp with the back of a spoon or a spatula. Discard the residual pulp as it is very fibrous.
Pour the juice into serving glasses. Add a few ice cubes, garnish with mint leaves, and pineapple wedge. Serve immediately.
Note -If you are making the juice in a slow juicer, then load it with chunks of pineapple and juice as per the instructions. Add sugar and salt to the ready juice and stir until combined.
Frequently Asked Questions
The best way to pick up a ripe juicy pineapple is by smelling its base. If it smells sweet and fruity, it’s ready to be cut and juiced. If there is no smell, then it’s not ripe yet. Sometimes the smell is very vinegary, which means that it has gone too far.
Sometimes the color of the pineapple could be misleading. Some pineapples are ripe even when they are green in color and some are still raw even if they are yellow.
The pineapple should also feel heavy for its size and yield slightly to pressure. Discard the ones which have soft spots as that is a sign of bruising.
Underripe pineapple is tasteless, not juicy, and also harmful to eat, so keep this in mind while buying it.
If it doesn’t look ripe, then leave it on the counter for 2-3 days. It will ripen.
Most of us think it is not and as a result, we end up discarding it. But in fact, the core is definitely edible and is filled with fiber, manganese, bromelain, and vitamin c. As it is hard, it is not perfect for juice, but you can cut it into small pieces and consume it.
Just make sure to have it in smaller quantities, as consuming too much of it might numb your tongue and cause irritation.
Yes, you can drink it every day but make sure you do not overdo it. Because of the presence of bromelain, it can cause rashes, vomiting, or diarrhea. It is also high in sugar, which means too many calories if consumed daily.
Although you can drink it every day, I always suggest you to chose different fruits for your daily juicing, as each and every fruit has a different set of nutrients, and consuming variations of fruits will help you get the daily dose of all those essential vitamins and minerals.
Pineapple is full of fibers and makes you full very fast and hence control overeating. Readymade juices have this fiber removed and so what is left is mostly fruit sugar. But when you make the juice at home, most of the fiber is retained and you feel full after drinking a glass of this juice. And this prevents you from eating more which aids in weight loss.
If you want to make this juice even healthier, skip the process of straining and drink the juice with more fibers.
Pineapple juice mixed with orange juice, apple cider vinegar, and honey is a sure shot weight loss remedy. It reduces belly fat and shrinks the stomach. You can make it unsweetened if you wish to.
Since homemade pineapple juice is full of fibers, it is a natural laxative. It also has an enzyme that helps in improving bowel function
You can experiment with the flavors, and prepare some interesting variations for yourself. Some of them are,
- Pineapple Orange Cranberry – Mix it with part orange juice or cranberry juice for a tasty twist.
- Pineapple Lemonade – Add in some freshly squeezed lemon juice and make yourself a refreshing lemonade.
- Boozy Twist – Add some vodka or coconut rum like Malibu to it for a tropical boozy twist.
- Tropical Mocktail – Add blue curacao and coconut water for a funky mocktail.
- Pineapple Ginger – Add in some ginger along with salt and pepper, for a unique and distinct taste.
- Mimosa – You can make yourself a mimosa by adding orange juice, rum, and sparkling wine to the fresh pineapple juice.
Fresh pineapple juice stays good in the refrigerator for almost 3 to 5 days when stored in an airtight container, but it would lose its freshness and flavor a bit.
That’s why I recommend you to make it fresh. And if you have leftovers, consume them within 24 hours.
It can be frozen in any freezer-safe container for up to 4-5 months.
Just thaw it in the refrigerator and use it. You can also freeze it in popsicle molds for a fun treat for the kids.
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Fresh Pineapple Juice Recipe
- 1 medium fresh pineapple
- 1 cup water
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- ¼ teaspoon black salt (optional)
- ice cubes (for serving)
- Start by preparing the pineapple. Lay a medium-size ripe pineapple on its side and chop of the top and bottom part exposing the flesh. Now keep the pineapple upright and cut the skin off the flesh along with the eyes. Cut the peeled pineapple into slices and then chop the slices into 1-inch pieces.
- Add the pineapple pieces to a blender along with water, sugar, and black salt. Don’t add the sugar if the pineapple is very sweet.
- Blend until smooth.
- Strain the juice using a fine-mesh strainer. Be sure to press out all the juice by pressing the pulp with the back of a spoon or a spatula. Discard the residual pulp as it is very fibrous.
- Pour the juice into serving glasses. Add a few ice cubes, garnish with mint leaves, and pineapple wedge. Serve immediately.