Pineberries, AKA Pineapple Strawberries, Are Coming To A Fruit Bowl Near You

Bubbleberries are a thing too

If you like strawberries and you like pineapples, hold the phone and make way for the newest addition to the fruit dictionary - drum roll, please -  the pineberry!

The pineberry is, as you may or may not have guessed, a strawberry with undertones of pineapple. Importer Philip Nielesen claims that when you bite into the pineberry it has a citrus taste.

"It is not like biting into a pineapple, it just has a hint of that taste," he says.

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Looks-wise, it resembles an inside-out strawberry with white flesh with red seeds. We think it's beautiful.

Manufactured in Australia by the company United Nurseries, this taste sensation is set to be rolled out across garden and homeware stores in Australia, so we're hoping it's only a matter of time before it wings its way to the UK.

Nielsen told Mashable Australia that he wanted to import the "fabulous" berries after a trip to Europe five years ago.

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"We went to a nursery that had these strawberries, and we thought they looked fantastic so we asked if we could bring them to Australia," he said.

Nielsen took it upon himself to make them available to the public; there were only 21 plants originally imported to Australia, but you need hundreds of thousands to be able to release them to the public. And so that's what United Nurseries have attempted to do. 

They didn't stop with the pineberry though - they're also working to mass produce the bubbleberry. This is quite a small and old variation of strawerry that, amazingly, tastes of bubblegum.

"It has a lot of sugar in it so it has a strong taste like Hubba Bubba bubblegum," Nielsen explains.

And, get this: despite the new look and taste, the berries are not genetically modified.

"They are all strawberries, and they're all bred from strawberries," Nielsen says, going on to explain that the berries are created using selection breeding, in which the fruits the farmer wants to combine are bred together over a period of years.

All-natural new and exciting fruits? We are one hundred and ten percent sold and literally cannot wait to chop them up over cereal.

Image: United Nurseries

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