This Ancient Fruit Looks Like Strawberry But Tastes Like Pineapple

Have you ever seen or tasted a pineberry? This strawberry tastes like a mix of pineapple and bubblegum. Find out more below.

The pineberry is a strawberry which tastes a lot like the pineapple, hence its name. Unlike the common strawberries, pineberries have white flesh and red seeds - they-re practically the opposite. This may sound like an innovation, but in reality, this is just an improved version of the South American strawberry.

Where do pineberries come from?

Their color, as well as the taste, have always been specific to the Fragaria Chiloensis - the South American strawberry native to Chile.

Fragaria Chiloensis was one of the ancestors of the common garden strawberry we're familiar with. It was crossed with the red species Fragaria Virginiana - native to North America - and the result was Fragaria x ananassa, the garden strawberry.

Even though this species has existed for centuries, the pineberry has been ignored for (too) many years. That, until about 10 years ago, when they were introduced into a breeding program, using the original Chilean stocks which remained with some European breeders. They needed about 4 years to bring them into the market, and when they finally introduced them on April 1st, 2010, most people thought it was a joke. However, they were well received and their popularity is increasing.

If you ever get your hands on some plants, consider growing them in your garden. They are just as easy to grow as regular strawberries.

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