Have you ever tried a pineberry? They look like white strawberries but taste like a pineapple! Believe it or not, this cute little berry is NOT a genetically modified fruit. It’s actually a hybrid of the South American strawberry variety Fragaria chiloenis and the North American strawberry variety Fragaria virginiana. The tasty result is a conical white berry with red seeds. Sort of a reverse looking strawberry!
You may have to do a bit of searching to find pineberries as they tend to only be available in gourmet and specialty food stores. You may see pineberries under the names white pineberry or pineapple strawberry. They are in season from spring to early summer. Here are a few things you need to know when you bring home these delicious berries:
- Pineberries are delicate and very perishable – keep them in the fridge and eat them as soon as you can.
- Although they can be used in salads and desserts, pineberries are best enjoyed all by themselves.
- Pineberries are a good source of vitamins A and C as well as folate. They help strengthen the immune system and also support heart health.
Read more about pineberries including how to grow them here.