In our little home, my brother S and I used to fight over the "hearts" of pineapples, basically the vertical cores which were usually sliced off and discarded. I don't know why S liked it so much but I did because it was not as juicy as the "meaty" part of the fruit, and yet had a nice sweetness to it. And the crunch in the mouth... So what's there not to like for a kid. Pineapple sticks one. Carrot sticks zero.