If you’re a fan of pineapples and strawberries, you’re going to love this fragrant fruit. The pineberry is as real strawberry with a pineapple flavor.
The fruit is safe for consumption, despite the criticism on the internet. It’s a non-GMO female strawberry with white color and red polka dots on the skin, and yellow on the inside.
But sometimes the outer skin can be pinkish tinge or faint yellow if grown on direct sunlight.
The pineberries may not be widely available in many retails or grocery stores, but just like the red strawberries, the fruits are easy to grow.
The fruit reemerged in British markets in 2010. And on its first debut on April’s Fools Day, 2010, many people believed the fruit was just a photoshop hoax. But they aren’t.
Although pineberries may seem strange and new to today’s world, similar varieties were also recorded in the 18th century.
Other white strawberry varieties have existed for centuries. Dutch farmers grew strawberries varieties, making the pineberry look strange.
For the pure pineberry plant to gain popularity, it took years of cultivation and selection of plants to improve the vitality and health of the plant. It was until a thorough development of the plant when the fruit began to be grown for commercial purposes.
Though the fruits are still less unprofitable due to low yields and their small size, small scale farmers in Europe and Belize are growing them.
There’s also controversy whether the fruit really tastes like a pineapple. And different study reports have shown conflicting pineberry taste descriptions.
The Guardian reported, who tasted and tested the fruit after its debut in 2010 revealed unfavorable responses.
One reporter said.
“It tastes like water with sweetener in it.”
While another noted that they “wouldn’t substitute it for a strawberry, but it’s a nice addition to the berry family.”
If you wish to taste the pineberry fruit, you can buy them at high-end eateries such as Mario Baton’s Italian food emporium or at the Eatery, which has outlets in Chicago, New York, and Boston.
The fruit is rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, and antioxidants. Some people claim that pineberries are even more nutritious and flavorful than regular strawberries.
Pineberries do well in USDA hardiness zones 4-8, throughout the United States, and can be grown in pots indoors to protect against extreme weather.
Growing pineberries and strawberries are similar, except that they won’t grow on their own. They need strawberries nearby to pollinate them.
Interplanting pineberries with a large variety of red strawberries will also ensure your pineberries grow, as well as lengthen the season for your berries.
Pineberries also require good drainage, yet to remain moist at all times.