Many thought it was just some April Fool's prank when they first saw the pineberry, but it has a more exotic origin than imagined.
In 2010, when pineberries were available in a UK supermarket people thought it was an April Fool's joke because of how the berry looks. It's white on the outside with red seeds and tastes like pineapple. And, they are very real. The supermarket had described it as an "Alice in Wonderland-style fruit", according to The Guardian. "Despite their extraordinary smell and taste similar to a pineapple, pineberries are still strawberries", the supermarket Waitrose was quoted as saying by the newspaper.
In another press release, the supermarket described the fruit as "fresh, juicy, sweet and acid flavor with a highly aromatic smell - more akin to a pineapple - that inspired the name ‘pineberries’." For the curious ones about its source of origin, it's not a Genetically Modified Organism (GMO). This product originated in the 18th century by crossing wild strawberries, Fragaria Chiloensis and Fragaria Virginiana, which led to the birth of Fragaria Ananassa, which is the base for all the modern varieties of strawberries including the albino one. It originated in South America and in around 2003, when it was close to extinction, Dutch farmers started growing it again to be sold commercially.
The fruit measures from 15 to 23 mm. "They are grown in glasshouses, growing on coir like other strawberries. They begin life as green berries and then become slightly white. By the time its deep laying seeds turn dark red this white fruit is ripe," they said.
While this fruit is a novelty and the verdict on the taste is still not out, there are multiple health benefits to the fruit just like strawberries. So, don't miss it during the month of May and September. This is how adding pineberries can benefit you:
Like other strawberries, which are rich in antioxidants and plant compounds, these berries too are beneficial for heart health and controlling sugar levels. They have anthocyanin and ellagitannins, which are major antioxidant compounds, according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information.
Adding fiber to the diet is very important since it keeps your digestive system up and running smoothly. It also reduces cholesterol and prevents cardiac and gastrointestinal issues. It also keeps the weight down because they tend to feel full longer. Much like the pink strawberries, pineberries are mostly water and good for health. Adding them to the diet will increase your fiber intake, according to Womanitely.com.
Strawberries are full of essential vitamins like vitamin C, and minerals, according to Healthline. If you're looking for a fruit rich in manganese, necessary for many body processes, folate (vitamin B9) necessary for normal tissue growth and cell function, pineberries are probably what you should be eating every day. These fruits are rich in potassium, iron, copper, magnesium, phosphorus, and vitamins B6, K, and E, too. Since they are a variety of strawberries, they too have all the benefits of their scarlet sibling.
Folate is essential for pregnant women. It is recommended that women consume at least 400 mcg every day before and during pregnancy, since it can help prevent birth defects in the child's brain and spinal cord, making it great for the nervous system. Seek your doctor's opinion about how much to consume. For pregnant women, it is recommended that vitamins be consumed with food, says WebMD.