Have you heard the word ‘pineberry’? A fruit that looks like a strawberry but tastes like a pineapple. It’s no wonder everyone is crazy about this unusual fruit!
Pineberries look like strawberries that have not ripened yet. Some say that they look like spoiled strawberries. That is why not many people are aware of the existence of this fruit.
And they should be. Pineberries have a great taste and are incredibly healthy!
What Are Pineberries?
Pineberries, also known as white strawberries, are an albino cultivar of strawberries. They are similar to strawberries in appearance, but closer to pineapple in taste. They have white flesh with tiny red seeds scattered all over the white base.
Pineberries are a hybrid obtained by crossing two strawberry varieties -- the North American red strawberry and the Chilean white strawberry. They were first cultivated for commercial purposes in Belgium and Netherlands and Belgium back in 2010, and have been sold in the States since 2012.
White strawberries are very rare, mostly because the plants yield small quantities of this fruit. Just to get the picture, in Japan a single pineberry can be found at a price of $3-$5. Luckily, scientists nowadays have means to save this amazing fruit from extinction and make it available to all of us.
Health Benefits of Pineberry
Following is a list of some of the health benefits of pineberry:
Pineberry is a powerful antioxidant which fights oxidative damage in the body and keeps us in good health. Antioxidants combat free radicals, thus preventing numerous diseases, including cardiovascular disease and cancer.
Pineberries are high in carbohydrates, but the carbohydrates they contain are the ‘good’, complex type. Complex carbs are not a threat to your figure and are great for raising the energy levels.
Immune system boost
In addition to their antioxidant properties, pineberries also contain high levels of vitamin C. This combo gives your immune system a boost and prevents colds, flu, and viruses. Adding white strawberries to your smoothies every morning will make sure you are healthy and fit.
Aids the digestive system
Pineberry is rich in dietary fiber, which is responsible for the proper movement of the bowels. Dietary fiber also helps lower the ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol levels and keep the heart healthy. Another upside of fiber is that it gives you a feeling of satiety and makes you eat less. So, eating this tiny fruit will keep you full for a longer period of time which, eventually, will result in weight loss.
Perfect during pregnancy
White strawberries contain folate, a nutrient important for a proper growth and development of the fetus, especially in the first trimester. Folate also prevents the development of deformities in the fetal stage.
Pineberries contain lots of vitamin A, which prevents tooth decay and strengthens the bones.
White strawberries are rich in potassium, an essential mineral that controls the blood pressure. High blood pressure may lead to heart attack or a stroke, and other cardiovascular problems. That is why pineberries are great to keep your heart in good shape.
Where to Find Pineberries
Due to the fact that white strawberries are gaining popularity, they are becoming widely available. Buy them online, or even better, buy pineberry seeds and plant them in your home. That way you will always have these healthy fruits at hand.