Food / Drink

Grow Your Own Pineberries: The White Strawberries With An Amazing Pineapple Flavor

If you're a fan of pineapples and strawberries, you're going to love this fragrant fruit. The pineberry is a 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 it is yellow on the inside.

But sometimes, the outer skin can be pinkish or faint yellow if grown in 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 debut on April's Fools Day, 2010, many people thought the fruit was 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 strawberry 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 plant's vitality and health. It wasn't until a thorough development of the plant that 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 about whether the fruit really tastes like a pineapple. And different study reports have shown conflicting pineberry taste descriptions.

The Guardian, 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 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 them 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' growth, as well as lengthen the season for your berries.

Pineberries also require good drainage, yet they need to remain moist at all times.