Pineberry

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Pineberry
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GenusFragaria
SpeciesFragaria × ananassa[1]
CultivarPineberry

Pineberry is a white strawberry cultivar with red seeds and a pineapple-like flavor.[1][2]

Description[edit]

Pineberry is a hybrid cross from Fragaria chiloensis and Fragaria virginiana.[1] A pineberry is smaller than a common strawberry, measuring between 15 to 23 mm (0.6 to 0.9 in). When ripe, it is almost completely white, but with red achenes (the seeds). The plant is disease-resistant, and highly priced, although not profitable due to small-scale farming, small berry size and low yield.[2][3] Pineberries are harvested in the spring and summer. First identified in South America around 2002, pineberries are cultivated in Belgium and exported from the Netherlands.[2][3]

Marketing[edit]

The berry was dubbed "pineberry" for the UK market where it became available in 2010 to reflect its pineapple-like flavor while appearing to be a strawberry.[4] Pineberries were first sold commercially in the United States in 2012,[1][5] and were marketed to restaurants, bakeries and wholesale markets in Europe and Dubai.[3]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Fragaria, Wonderful Pineberry". Missouri Botanical Garden. Retrieved 4 February 2018.
  2. ^ a b c Fabricant, F. (15 May 2012). "Curious Berries to Tide You Over". New York Times. Retrieved 26 June 2016.
  3. ^ a b c "Pineberry breeder introduces white strawberries with pineapple punch". Fresh Fruit Portal. 31 March 2016. Retrieved 26 June 2016.
  4. ^ "Pineberries At Waitrose: Spring Fruit Looks Like Strawberry But Tastes Like Pineapple". Business. Sky News. Retrieved 2011-02-10.
  5. ^ "Pineberry & Pineberries". 2010-09-13. Retrieved 2014-07-21.