Consumers who are looking for something sweet, familiar, but still exotic can now purchase pink pineapples but it won’t come cheap and the visual may take some getting used to.  While Del Monte just announced that it would make the “Pinkglow pineapple” available this week, getting there has been a process 16 years in the making.

Should you be interested in getting your very own pink pineapple, be prepared to shell out almost $50 for one.  Part of that is due to the fact that they’re currently being grown in limited quantities and this fruit in general takes anywhere form 20-24 months to grow.

Pinkglow pineapple courtesy of
Pinkglow pineapple courtesy of

If the price tag doesn’t give you pause, seeing the actual pink, pineapple flesh may.  While it doesn’t necessarily look unappealing, it doesn’t really look all that great (in my opinion) or much like pineapple.  It actually more closely resembles ham, which ironically is something that is frequently garnished with pineapple.  Looks can be deceiving of course and all indications are that this particular pineapple was not only refined to be pink in color (on the inside), but to also taste sweeter, be less acidic, and be juicier than other pineapples.  So, I guess it has that going for it.

New spins on familiar fruits is nothing new either.  It’s not uncommon to find seedless grapes and watermelons available in stores and to be honest, genetically engineering food is something that goes back to the dawn of civilization when early farmers would plant seeds from the more desirable or healthy crops which caused plants such as wheat, corn, and rice to evolve into something different over time.

If you’d like your very own Pinkglow pineapple, you can order it from  FYI, you can bundle it with a box of Tropical Pink guava for slightly over $120.

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