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blue strawberries

Blue strawberries

Is there such thing as a man-made or natural blue strawberry? Or do black strawberries exist?

To create a black strawberry, using genetic information from – duh, the blackberry – would be a good place to start. But no one has done it yet, or at least if they have, it’s not public.

“Thus, an antifreeze gene from Arctic flounder has been introduced into strawberries to extend their growing season in northern climates. But contrary to what many people think, this does not make the strawberries fishy…”

Whether they’re meant to be a parody or gag gift is unclear. None of those offering it for sale which we had looked at were based in the US. The seeds were being shipped from China, Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines, etc.
Okay so we’ve given you the elevator pitch as to what folks are saying about it. Now for the truth. Is there really such thing as a blue strawberry?
This isn’t helped by the fact that some in online media are not doing their research and instead, reporting the blue and purple strawberry to be the real deal.
In the aforementioned food coloring link, we actually show you how to change the color of red cabbage water to become baby blue, by modifying the pH with baking soda.

Like many rumors, there is a smidgen of truth in its origin.

Two years later, it was brought up in an editorial piece about genetically modified foods by The New York Times (4):

It's true that strawberries have been genetically modified with antifreeze proteins from fish. Are they really blue or black and where can you buy them?