When looking for the perfect pineapple, you want to select one that is firm, not soft, with fresh green leaves in the crown.
A simple test of ripeness is by plucking a leaf from the crown. If it comes right out it is ripe, but if it’s hard to pull it is likely not quite ready.
Another sign of ripeness is fragrant aroma. Don’t be afraid to smell the pineapple in the grocery store before putting it in your cart!