What are your favorite fruits? In my household, they are undoubtedly berries. We love picking out ripe strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and others when we got to the grocery store every week. However, berries are not the only fruits we take home in our shopping bags; we also love apples, bananas, and pineapples. So if you’re a fan of fruits like my family and me, then you’re going to fall in love with this bizarre hybrid that looks like a strawberry but tastes more like a pineapple – it is called a pineberry.
Farmers first started growing this unique blend of fruit by crossing two varieties of strawberries. The two required to make this amalgam of flavor are fragariavirginiana and fragariachiloensis. The fruit, which seems to have first been cultivated in Chile, grow to be about 0.6-inches to 0.9-inches in size. Experts at the University of Missouri said that pineberries are nothing like “albino” strawberries and should not be confused with such.
Pineberries are so soft that they can rot overnight if they’re not eaten promptly. If you try to grow your own, you might be able to enjoy them more readily. They’re not easy to sell in the market because of their quick shelf life. You should remember that while these berries are a genetic cross between two strands of berries, they’re not genetically modified.
When it comes to nutritional value, pineberries are very similar to strawberries. That means that with a single serving of this delicious fruit, you get the same amount as a batch of strawberries when it comes to vitamin C and fiber. A survey of the fruit’s nutrition also found that these Chilean white strawberries have a lot of antioxidants.
Because these fruits are loaded with fiber, they’re great for your digestive system. They help keep your regular and have even been shown to help lower blood sugar levels for those who are insulin resistant or pre-diabetic. There was also a study using rats that showed that pineberries were able to reduce inflammation. There are a number of varieties of pineberries that include the white Carolina pineberry and the natural albino pineberry. The white Caroline variety has a pineapple taste, which helps solidify the naming of this fruit. It also turns pink when exposed to sunlight. The natural albino version is small and tastes delicious. This one requires the cross pollination of red strawberries.
Pineberries are a fruit that you can create at home if you have a green thumb. Because they’re self-pollinating, they don’t require a ton of extra work. Just plant them near your existing batch of strawberries and let nature do the rest. The recommendation is to provide pineberries with about six to ten hours of sunlight along with soil with good drainage. You need to make sure the soil stays moist for these varieties.
Have you ever come across this unique strawberry blend? Is this a type of fruit that you’d like to try if you could find it at your farmers’ market or grocery store?
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