Pineberry

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Pineberry
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Species F. × ananassa
Cultivar Pineberry

Pineberry is an albino strawberry cultivar with a pineapple-like flavor, white coloring, and red seeds.

Description[edit]

Pineberry is based on the original strawberry hybrids that arose in cultivation in Europe, with recent selective breeding to improve the plants. It is a hybrid of Fragaria chiloensis, originating in South America, and Fragaria virginiana, originating in North America, the same parentage as the garden strawberry Fragaria × ananassa. The first commercial cultivation occurred in 2010 in the Netherlands and Belgium.[1][2]

A pineberry is smaller than a common strawberry, measuring between 15 to 23 mm (0.6 to 0.9 in).[3] When ripe, it is almost completely white, but with red "seeds" (achenes). The plant is disease resistant, but is not very profitable, due to small-scale farming, small berry size and low yield.[1] Pineberries are available in the spring and summer.

History[edit]

Pineberry was first sold commercially in the United States in 2012.[2][4]

Pineberry has been marketed to restaurants, bakeries and wholesale markets in Europe and Dubai.[1] The berry was dubbed "pineberry" for the UK market where it became available in 2011.[3][5]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Pineberry breeder introduces white strawberries with pineapple punch". Fresh Fruit Portal. 31 March 2016. Retrieved 26 June 2016. 
  2. ^ a b Fabricant F (15 May 2012). "Curious Berries to Tide You Over". New York Times. Retrieved 26 June 2016. 
  3. ^ a b Tozer, James (March 31, 2010). "Pineberries and cream? The new summer fruit which looks like a white strawberry... but tastes like a pineapple". Daily Mail. Retrieved January 7, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Pineberry & Pineberries". 2010-09-13. Retrieved 2014-07-21. 
  5. ^ "Pineberries At Waitrose: Spring Fruit Looks Like Strawberry But Tastes Like Pineapple". Business. Sky News. Retrieved 2011-02-10.