The pineberry is a white strawberry with red seeds. Pineberries are actually the oldest strawberry variety.
Originally strawberries were white in South America and red in North America (known as scarlets).
Spontaneous crossings between the Chilean white strawberry and the North American scarlets produced Fragaria ananassa, which is the base material for all the common strawberry varieties .
Unfortunately, as they are a hybrid you cannot buy pineberry seeds to grow your own. 😦
Pineberries are much smaller than the red strawberries. What makes the pineberry appearance so distinct is their white flesh which is studded with red seeds.
The aroma and flavour of pineberries is amazing – the striking berries have a pineapple flavour.
Make a fruit salad from strawberries, pineapple and pineberries. Pineberries can need sweetening so try one and see if it could benefit from some added sweetness. If so why not make our passion fruit sauce to accompany your fruit salad? It is so easy and quick to make.
Combine the sugar and water in a small saucepan and place over medium heat. Cook, stirring frequently, until the sugar dissolves and the mixture reaches a rolling boil. Cook until the sauce thickens slightly, about 5 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and cool. Take 4 passion fruits, scoop out the flesh and the seeds and add to the syrup once it’s cool. Simply drizzle the sauce over your fruit salad and garnish with some crushed mint leaves.
Drop them into glasses of champagne, or use to garnish cakes alongside strawberries. The contrast will look great.