When we first heard about cotton candy grapes, we thought the internet was pranking our candy-loving hearts. How could such a magical fruit exist? To our shock they are very real—and we immediately set out to get our hands on a bushel. Now we’re intrigued by yet another strange fruit: the pink pineapple.
In development since 2005, the fruit was only just given the Food and Drug Administration’s seal of approval this week, NBC News reports. So far, Del Monte is the only company to produce pink pineapples, growing them in Costa Rica.
ORIGINAL POST: December 16, 2016 at 6:05 p.m.
Before you get creeped out by the GMO label, keep in mind that the FDA has already given them its stamp of approval, explaining: The pineapples were simply “engineered to produce lower levels of the enzymes already in conventional pineapple that convert the pink pigment lycopene to the yellow pigment beta carotene. Lycopene is the pigment that makes tomatoes red and watermelons pink, so it is commonly and safely consumed.”
At the tail end of last year we were introduced to the pink pineapple, a beautiful yet totally odd creation. While they’ve been in development for over 12 years, only now are companies like Del Monte and Dole able to start selling the genetically modified, albeit insanely pretty, fruit in stores.
Oddly the brand has been keeping this phenomenon mostly under wraps, so the images circulating online have been doctored using Photoshop or other picture-editing tools.
While it’s much lesser known than, say, purple potatoes and the aforementioned candy grapes, pink pineapples are definitely real. So much so that they even have their own patent under the fruit-producing giant Del Monte. (Because they’ve been genetically modified.)
Why does the pineapple not have a crown?
Pinkglow® pineapples contain lycopene, a natural pigment that gives some produce its red color (e.g. tomatoes, watermelon), which makes this product pink.
How are they grown and/or harvested?
What does it taste like? Does it taste different to a regular pineapple?
Where are the pineapples grown?
Pinkglow® pineapples are harvested at the peak of ripeness and are best eaten shortly after they are purchased. However, we understand you may want to store your pineapple for a few days or have leftovers to save for later. The best way to store your pineapple and how long it will last depends on it if whole or cut and the method that it is stored. So, to ensure top quality flavor and freshness, store your Pinkglow® as follows:
Pinkglow® also has a delicious and unique taste, with notes of candy pineapple aromatics. It is also less sour than a traditional pineapple, juicier and sweeter in taste.