How to Compost Pineapples

Brad Chacos

Sweet and delicious, pineapple can lay strong claim to being "the candy of fruit." While the tender yellow flesh inside can satisfy your sweet tooth, many parts of a pineapple are sadly not quite desirable for eating. The tough and pointy outer skin of the fruit not only proves difficult to chew, it also tastes disgusting. Fortunately for those people who don't like to throw anything away, every part of a pineapple can be composted, although the tough skin needs special attention to decompose at an acceptable rate.

Composting lets you use unedible pineapple portions.
  1. Rinse the outside of the pineapple. Washing the fruit helps to remove any pesticides that may remain on the outside of the skin.

  2. Separate the tough skin and leaves of the pineapple from the soft inner fruit.

  3. Chop the skin and leaves into smaller, approximately quarter-sized pieces. The tough outer layer of a pineapple degrades slower than most composting materials. Dicing them into smaller chunks encourages them to decompose much more quickly.

  4. Include the leftover pineapple bits -- flesh, skin, leaves, all of it -- next time you add "greens," or nitrogen-rich materials, to the compost pile. Add one-part greens and three-parts "browns," or carbon-rich materials like leaves and paper, simultaneously to keep the proper balance of nutrients in the compost pile.