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What Type of Fruit is a Pineberry - Grow Pineberries this Summer

Updated on February 12, 2013
pineberry fruit
pineberry fruit | Source

You may have heard of the pineberry in the news, or perhaps it passed you by and you are looking at the title of this hub thinking, "What on earth is a pineberry?"

It's a type of fruit, as you may have gathered from the title, and it looks like a small strawberry, sort of, but tastes very like pineapple.

it has a distinctive tropical fruit taste which should satisfy the current increased consumer demand for tropical fruits, at a fraction of the price.

Unlike the ordinary strawberries we grow, the flesh stays white, but the seeds turn red when the fruit is ripe, just as you can see on the photograph to the right.

It does look just like a white strawberry except for the red seed!

The pineberry has been dubbed with this name for the British market, where the plant is set to be released in 2012 for the first time.

Right at this minute, growers are busily rooting baby plants for the expected mad rush to buy this delectable fruiting plant.

According to a hurriedly drawn up entry in Wikipedia, the pineberry is a strawberry cultivar that is largely grown under glass.

Fragaria virginiana (wild strawberry)

Fragaria virginiana
Fragaria virginiana | Source

The Frutilla Chilena looks very similar to the Pineberry

Frutilla Chilena
Frutilla Chilena | Source

It was first developed in Germany in 2009, where it was called Ananaserdbeere which roughly translates as pineapple strawberry.

With its pale pink through to pale orange pulp, the fruit starts off green like normal strawberries, then turn white or cream colored when ripe.

Pineberries are the results of cross breeding between the South American strawberry, Fragaria chiloensis, and the more common Fragaria virginiana (wild strawberry), from North America.

It took six years of selective breeding to develop the pineberry plant which is finally being commercially grown and released to the public.

These fruiting plants are very disease resistant and healthy.

Unfortunately due to their small size and relatively low yield, it is uneconomical for commercial companies to grow pineberries for sale, and so the decision has been made to release the plants and allow us all to grow our own for our own consumption.

In Chile, they have a very similar fruit called the Frutilla Chilena, but it is not the same as its botanical name is Fragaria chiloensis which is only one half of the parentage of the European pineberry.

April Fool nearly grounded the Pineberry

As you can read for yourself from the wikipedia entry above, there was some doubt as to whether the pineberry was a real fruit, or the result of an April Fool's joke.

This was because UK retailers Waitrose had agreed to stock the fruit and their advertising campaign started just before April the 1st, which of course is April Fool's day.

As Waitrose had previously brought out a joke fruit called a 'pinana' - a pineapple banana - it was readily assumed that the pineberry was a similar joke.

At around the same time, a new SEO internet company started up, called Pineberry, and they used mock fruit on their website.

The result was that the public did not believe the pineberry existed as a real fruit.

What varieties of pineberry are available?

So far there are three cultivars.

White Pine Pineberries

Best grown under glass, sunlight will tinge the ripened fruits a bluish-pink color. Kept out of direct sunlight, the White Pine are white with red seeds, and a gentle pineapple flavor. This is a very strong grower which produces lots of runners each year.

White Carolina Pineberries

This variety is also best kept out of direct sunlight because not only does the flesh turn pink, it is susceptible to leaf scorch and may require the use of fungicides once damaged.

White D Pineberries

This is the most prolific fruiter, and also its fruits are consistently larger than the other varieties. Scent and flavor are exceptional.

All varieties are expected to be improved upon the coming years as more and more people grow pineberry plants, and the experts are still working on bringing us even better ones.

Where can I buy pineberries to grow?

You will need to buy the plant or a plug because pineberries do not grow true from seed. Being hybrids, what you are likely to get instead is a throwback to one or other parent.

Just a warning, should you see Purple Pineberry seeds for sale, they refer to a completely different type of plant that is quite probably illegal where you live.

Burpee sell the White Pine Pineberry, although they apparently can't sell to the following areas - AA, AE, AK, AP, AS, FM, GU, HI, MH, MP, PR, PW, VI due to Japanese Beetle quarantine restrictions.

For other suppliers, have a look at the link I have provided.

Growing Pineberries Video

If you have tasted a pineberry, was it delicious?

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    • IzzyM profile imageAUTHOR

      IzzyM 

      6 years ago from UK

      Me too, and I still haven't got a plant! I'm going to get one this summer though, and it'll maybe fruit next year!

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      Kim Lam 

      6 years ago from California

      I've never seen this fruit before and I've tasted plenty of odd looking fruits in my life. At a glance, it doesn't look too attractive but with close up of, it's actually beautiful! I really want to try one now! Thanks,

    • IzzyM profile imageAUTHOR

      IzzyM 

      6 years ago from UK

      You need to net them to keep the birds out, but then the stupid creatures tend to get themselves tangled up in the netting! Tried hanging a line of over the strawberry patch with CDs attached? That scares the birds away. As for the kids, shotgun pellet does it! (just joking).

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      Dan Harmon 

      6 years ago from Boise, Idaho

      A really great hub, Izzy. I love strawberries and have raised them before - this sounds like a great addition.

      It's too bad we can't buy seeds for pineberries, but I may well check with burpee and purchase some of the plants. Then if I can only keep the birds and neighborhood kids out of them!

    • IzzyM profile imageAUTHOR

      IzzyM 

      6 years ago from UK

      Thanks! Hopefully in the coming year you (we) will get to taste it :)

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      pmccray 

      6 years ago from Utah

      Never heard of this berry, but they look scrumptious. Voted up, marked useful, beautiful and interesting.

    • IzzyM profile imageAUTHOR

      IzzyM 

      6 years ago from UK

      I'm amazed hardly anyone seems to have heard of pineberries all the same. I am the one stuck in the wilds without TV, radio or newspapers, so I'm usually the last to know those things.

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      Kris Heeter 

      6 years ago from Indiana

      That's awesome (Izzyberries) - I love it!

    • IzzyM profile imageAUTHOR

      IzzyM 

      6 years ago from UK

      OK, we can now officially re-name them Izzyberries LOL

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      Sophia Angelique 

      6 years ago

      My daughter's question when she saw your hub... What is a Pineberry? My answer, It's Izzy discovering what nobody else knew. :)

    • IzzyM profile imageAUTHOR

      IzzyM 

      6 years ago from UK

      They are new, so just doing my little bit to help spread the word :)

    • Om Paramapoonya profile image

      Om Paramapoonya 

      6 years ago

      I had never heard of pineberries until I came across this hub. So interesting and quirky-looking. Thanks for sharing this, Izzy. :)

    • IzzyM profile imageAUTHOR

      IzzyM 

      6 years ago from UK

      Check if there is a Waitrose store near you, as they were stocking the fruits for a while anyway (don't know if they still are). But like all strawberries, your own home grown will be a thousand times better.

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      Movie Master 

      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      A great hub Izzy, I am so looking forward to growing these pineberries, I hadn't heard of them before, I will order some plants, they sound fantastic and I am getting very excited.....

      Voted up

    • IzzyM profile imageAUTHOR

      IzzyM 

      6 years ago from UK

      One of the sites I linked, strawberryplants.org, has a list of suppliers worldwide. I linked in Burpee, which are a US company, because I have an affiliation with them although I'm not sure how to use their links. So the link I placed is to their main site, not directly to the page with the pineberry. There is a search function on that page which if you put in 'pineberry' takes you directly to the plants. The nice thing about Burpee is that you know they are reputable. Plants are a nightmare to share between countries because of quarantines etc. Seeds are fine, but no use in this instance, so you really need to buy from a supplier in your own country.

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      dinkan53 

      6 years ago from India

      White strawberry with the taste of pineapple, quite interesting and it is beautiful too. thanks for sharing this interesting news.

      Rated up and interesting.

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      Peter Hoggan 

      6 years ago from Scotland

      Now now, form an orderly queue!

      Yep I know they are real, I am curious to how they taste.

    • IzzyM profile imageAUTHOR

      IzzyM 

      6 years ago from UK

      Hey girls, give Peter a slap will you for his 'raspernana', You are nearer him to me!

      The pineberry is real!

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      Linda Crampton 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I'd love to find some of these plants to grow. It sounds like the fruit would be delicious! I'll be eagerly following the news about the pineberry. Thanks for the information.

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      clayxmatthewsxfan 

      6 years ago from King of Prussia, Pennsylvania

      ::joining::

    • Peter Hoggan profile image

      Peter Hoggan 

      6 years ago from Scotland

      This looks great, and i bet it tastes good too. I just can't wait for the raspernana to hit the shops.

    • IzzyM profile imageAUTHOR

      IzzyM 

      6 years ago from UK

      Me too! Join the queue! No it really is a brand new fruit and I missed it in the one supermarket that stocked it for a period of time, basically because I wasn't in the right country at the time. Anyway I put a link in the hub a about where it can be bought, and that site has listed loads of places worldwide that will have the plant ready really soon. You could be eating pineberries this summer!

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      clayxmatthewsxfan 

      6 years ago from King of Prussia, Pennsylvania

      Interesting. This is my first time hearing about it. I'd like to try one!

    • IzzyM profile imageAUTHOR

      IzzyM 

      6 years ago from UK

      If you get some before me, come back and comment and tell us what it is like :)

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      nwonderlin 

      6 years ago

      yum! pineapple strawberry sounds delicious - sort of excited now to try some. I stink at gardening but I'm going to see if I can get my dad to grow some.

      Thanks for the awesome article!

    • IzzyM profile imageAUTHOR

      IzzyM 

      6 years ago from UK

      I can't wait to try them. I love when new fruits are brought out. I'm wondering where I can pick up a plant but I'm going back to the UK soon, so by the looks of it, it won't be too hard. Thanks for all your comments :)

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      Marisa Hammond Olivares 

      6 years ago from Texas

      I can't wait to try one - whenever that may be :)

      Thank you for sharing

    • Cagsil profile image

      Cagsil 

      6 years ago from USA or America

      Fantastic Hub Izzy! :) Very nicely written. Thank you for sharing such a new fruit. It should be interesting what the market will do and how much the supply and demand will be for such an item. They are a little odd looking, but then again I don't eat Strawberries, so to me it doesn't matter. ;) Voted up! :)

    • Kris Heeter profile image

      Kris Heeter 

      6 years ago from Indiana

      These look really cool - I can't wait to try one! This is the first I've heard of them, so thanks for sharing this! I'm always looking for new fruits and veggies to try.

      I'll share this with my followers:)

    • IzzyM profile imageAUTHOR

      IzzyM 

      6 years ago from UK

      Thanks girls and Happy New Year to you too :)

      Thougtforce, one of the cultivars above was bred in Sweden. The White D Pineberries came from Sweden, but they would have been grown in greenhouses, I'm pretty sure of it.

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      Christina Lornemark 

      6 years ago from Sweden

      Interesting and pine berry sounds tasty too! It would be great to get a plant but I wonder if they can tolerate Swedish climate or if they must be grown in a greenhouse?

      Thanks for sharing this news, voted up

      Tina

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      Jean Bakula 

      6 years ago from New Jersey

      I thought it was a strawberry dipped in white chocolate. Oh well. Seriously though, you do find interesting topics to write about. Happy New Year!

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