Our smoothie bowls are crying out for pink pineapples
Despite genetically modified food copping a lot of flack, there’s no denying that we’re kind of (read: totally!) intrigued by the existence of pink pineapples.
Yes, there’s grapes that taste like candy floss and scientists have ‘edited’ apples to ensure that they never brown, but we’re talking about a millennial pink pineapple being a thing, people. These are exciting times!
The fruit, which has been patented under Del Monte Fresh Produce, has been in the works since 2005 and is said to have a rosy flesh (hence the name Rosé) and a sweeter taste that the usual yellow suspect.
— C. S. Prakash (@AgBioWorld) December 15, 2016
In December 2016, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) officially approved the pink version of the tropical fruit.
“(Del Monte’s) new pineapple has been genetically engineered to produce lower levels of the enzymes already in conventional pineapple that convert the pink pigment lycopene to the yellow pigment beta carotene,” the FDA’s statement reads. “Lycopene is the pigment that makes tomatoes red and watermelons pink, so it is commonly and safely consumed.”
Rumour has it that the makers are already working with fresh fruits and vegetables company, Dole to grow the pink variety. Given that pineapples tend to take 18 – 24 months to grow, fingers crossed they aren’t too far away from a shelf near you. In the meantime, we’ll just be day dreaming of all the pink Piña Colada’s we’ll be consuming in no time.