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Japanese Rice Risotto with Miso, Lemongrass and Scallops

Japanese Rice Risotto with Miso, Lemongrass and Scallops

Seasonal Penne Mediterraneo

Seasonal Penne Mediterraneo

Persian Split Pea, Dried Lime and Lamb Stew

Persian Split Pea, Dried Lime and Lamb Stew

Tuesday, 5 April 2011

TOTALLY FRUITY: Pineberries... Berry Nice or Berry Bad?


Looking at the image above you may be wondering what the hell these albino-looking berries actually… well they KIND of look like strawberries although instead of red skin and white seeds, the colours seem to be reversed. So what are these alien berries then? Well they are in fact known as Pineberries and if you are quick, you may just catch them before they are all gone as they are only in season for 5 very short weeks and for those who want to catch them then head, nay RUN down to your local Waitrose and snap some up before they’re all gone.

The Pineberry, cultivated in The Netherlands by Hans de Jongh, is an intriguing fruit. A hybrid of two different types of strawberry (Fragaria Chiloensis and Fragaria Virginiana, to be precise) the flesh of the fruit can vary from white to orange and the flavour has quite bold notes of pineapple (hence the name ‘Pine’ berry) although many who have tried them don’t necessarily feel they taste of anything other than an unripe strawberry. I personally think that there is a pineappley taste to them and this may be because of an increase in acidity which makes them more similar to the pineapple, but the look is very much of a white strawberry.

Pineberries are smaller in size than strawberries and hilariously have even been accused of being nothing more than an April Fools day prank. But I can assure you that they very much exist and can be found at Waitrose for a limited time, priced at £3.49 per punnet.

www.waitrose.com

3 comments:

  1. My mother has the most amazing White Alpine Strawberries that run wild in her garden. I always steal them in the summer to use as a garnish. If you ever get the chance try some

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  2. Is that an offer to try your Mother's White Alpine strawbs? Hehehe. Sounds divine! Where can I get some?

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  3. Hi Sabrina, I have been growing Pineberry since May, and have been moaning that they are not producing any fruit to eat (I mistakenly thought they would fruit in the same way as strawberries). Recently I discovered how short the fruiting season is, so have now set about planting as many runners as possible. I have been blogging about them at http://www.gardensmallholding.co.uk/blogs/tags/Pineberry/
    If you want, I could have a try at packing one up and putting it on an overnight courier!

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