Cooking with pineapple is the perfect way to inject a meal with a balance of sweetness and acidity. Eat this showstopping fruit raw for a quick snack, add it chopped to a spicy salsa, use it to create a tropical dessert or stir-fry it with other vegetables for a tangy dinner. Chef April Bloomfield likes to grill pineapple rings and use them as unconventional burger toppings. She pairs them with earthy pickled beets and a fried egg to complete the meal. Whether you want a burger or dessert, Food & Wine explores all the delicious possibilities.

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Grilled Pineapples with Barbecue-Spiced Breadcrumbs and Country Ham

Slow-grilling whole unpeeled pineapples concentrates their flavor and tenderizes the fruit, which pairs wonderfully with salty country ham and crispy panko seasoned with barbecue spices. Peel the fruit with a large serrated knife, and serve it hot, thinly sliced like ham.

Rotisserie Pineapple with Spicy Banana Caramel Sauce

Chef Ludo Lefebvre grills whole, peeled pineapple on a spit, like rotisserie chicken.  Here the smoky, sweet flesh is spooned over ice cream and drizzled with spicy caramel, but it also makes a fabulous topper for pound cake and shortcakes. Slideshow: More Pineapple Recipes 

Perfect Presents for Pineapple Lovers

Spring is here and it has us craving all things warm weather: sweet cocktails garnished with umbrellas, days at the beach and bowls of tropical fruit, especially pineapple. To celebrate the universal adoration of the prickly fruit we have rounded up our favorite gifts to give that pineapple lover in your life.

3 Healthy Reasons to Eat More Pineapple

Learn the health benefits of pineapple, plus easy, tasty ways to get more of the tropical fruit in your diet. 

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Pineapple and Lime Tart

When baked, pineapple loses its aggressive acidity, becoming sweet and caramelized. Fresh lime emphasizes pineapple’s tropical flavor and contrasts nicely with the mild and flaky crust in this gluten-free and vegan tart. Slideshow: More Gluten-Free Dessert Recipes 

Fresh Pineapple Salsa

This refreshing Jamaican salsa gets a lovely flavor from garlic that’s marinated in lemon juice and a good kick of heat from a Scotch bonnet chile. Slideshow:  More Salsa Recipes