Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Weird things in the garden

Original Material was found in France and cultivated by the Dutch 
One of my Facebook friends reposted an image originally posted by Organic Green Roots. The image was of a white strawberry with red seeds. Pineberry is a South American berry that looks like a strawberry but tastes like a pineapple. Apparently it almost went extinct and was rescued by Dutch farmers.  I never heard of such a thing. How Amazing. Evolution is one of the most wonderful things.

The strawberry originally came in two colors, white (South America ) and red, (North America). The two varieties crossbred, and over the last three hundred years we have come to know only the red variety. The Dutch Company

Do they really grow this tall?
( Vital Berry ) applied basic genetic selection to produce healthy plants that would produce only white berries with red seeds . It took six years of cross breeding, weeding, throwing out, breeding, weeding and throwing out to get at the right plant that would produce only white strawberries with red seeds. Take note that pineberries are a result of cross-breeding, they are made up of several types of white strawberries. They are not a result of genetic engineering. It is important to know the difference between the two. So, before you say that the PineBerry is an example of 'gods work', remember that it is in reality the work of scientists who understand the structure and function of plant DNA to create these plants.

The berry starts off green then turns white as it ripens.The plant is very aromatic. The berry has the texture of a strawberry but tastes like a pineapple. At this moment, it is mostly a novelty because the pineberries are less than one inch long and each plant does not yield many berries. Hopefully with the advent of hyperponic planting, and time, this will change.

“Pineberries were bred from a wild strawberry originating in South America where it grew wild, but was nearly extinct until 2003, when a group of Dutch farmers banded together to save the plant. The Pineberry is said to have the same genetic makeup as the common strawberry. When ripe, it is almost completely white, but with red seeds. A pineberry is smaller than a common strawberry, measuring between 15 to 23 mm. They are grown in glasshouses, growing on coir like other strawberries. Pineberries begin life as green berries, then become slightly white. By the time their deeply set seeds turn deep red, the white fruit is deemed ripe.”Wikipedia

Not inexpensive product
Where can you buy these plants? Whelp, it is not easy to find suppliers, but I did find a few. Most places that sell these expensive plants ship only to the UK.

Getting these babies to the United States will not be easy. You will have to find someone in the UK willing to ship them to you, and hope that the package is not opened by custom authorities.I personally contacted one of the UK suppliers to ask them how long these plants could remain in a box before dying.

Waiting for my reply

Plant Suppliers:




Would they survive a trip to the USA?

1 comment:

  1. hello dear,

    i understand that it is the work of scientists as addressed above, but i have this to ask. where did the pineapple taste come from if it is purely a non genetic engineering method?

    thank you