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.
Separate from what Miyoshi Agritech created is another pineberry strain with roots in Europe. Selective breeding of the Virginia strawberry (Fragaria virginiana) and a South American species known as Beach and Chilean (Fragaria chiloensis) were used. This was accomplished by Beekers Berries, a Netherlands-based farm.
Flavor aside, the other reason these white fruits were given this name is because their green stem resembles that of a pineapple.
That’s because much of the antioxidant content in this fruit come from the anthocyanin.
Owner Wil Beekers says not 100% of people think it has a pineapple flavor “but at least 50%” will say it does. Some describe them as having the sour taste of strawberry-flavored Jolly Rancher candy. They are good to eat, but anyone claiming they taste just like pineapple is stretching the truth.
None of those claims are based on research. There is not a single entry in the PubMed database about this albino berry and detailed nutrition facts haven’t even been published for it.
In fact, they may have been around for centuries.
Beekers trademarked the name Natural Albino® for selling them and it’s true – these white strawberries are non-GMO.
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.
They're not a hoax. White alpine strawberries have been around for ages and now you can buy the pineberry resurrected from the dead.