Some websites allege the white are healthier than red strawberries, calling them “an antioxidant bomb” and alleging they “keep your energy levels high” while “strengthening your immune system.”
While that missing protein may benefit 1% of people, it’s a drawback for the other 99% of us.
Given that most people assume they’re GMO, they’re probably a tough sell to make if you’re trying to capture a customer who randomly encounters them in the produce aisle. That, along with being more perishable, is probably the reason they haven’t caught on yet.
Many assume they are just green strawberries which haven’t ripened yet, but that’s not the case. Those are yellowish-green in color and have green seeds. An authentic strawberry white variety has red seeds.
Centuries ago, the South American strawberry produced some white fruit with albino mutations.
Their best use is for social gatherings where you really want to have that wow factor in the food you serve.
Before you even bother to investigate one, here are some patterns to look for which are telltale signs:
The PR10 family of proteins in the plant is what causes the allergy, especially the Fra a1. Since pineberry plants lack this protein, they are unable to ripen normally and create the red pigments known as anthocyanin.
Beekers trademarked the name Natural Albino® for selling them and it’s true – these white strawberries are non-GMO.
They're not a hoax. White alpine strawberries have been around for ages and now you can buy the pineberry resurrected from the dead.