Although pineberries might resemble albino white strawberries they are in fact a different berry altogether.The “pineberry” is a hybrid of the wild South American strawberry Fragaria chiloensis, which grows wild in some parts of Chile, and the North American strawberry Fragaria virginiana. The pineberry fruit is the result of cross-breeding, and not genetic engineering. The breeding program is about a decade old and it took them about four years to bring this variety into the mainstream market.
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The fruit produced by pineberry plants is very aromatic and has flavor that most say is reminiscent of pineapple while retaining the texture and feel of a strawberry. Pineberries start green when they are young and turn white as they begin to ripen. They do not yield a lot of fruit and is mostly grown in Europe and Belize but only on a small scale. It is advised to grow pineberries in a glass house and avoid growing them under direct sunlight.
How to grow pineberries
For those that have experience growing regular strawberries, growing the pineberry will be just as simple a task.
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How to plant
- Prepare the soil by digging over, removing any perennial weeds and adding manure.
- Place the Pineberry plants every 30cm in rows that are 30 cm apart.
- Plant with the crown at soil level and water well.
- Check the plants every other day during the ripening period.
- Regularly hoe between the rows and individual plants.
Caring for Pineberries
- From May place straw in the rows and under the fruit to suppress weeds and prevent the fruit lying on the ground. This also keeps snails at bay!
- If you can’t get straw use polythene sheeting.
- Well rotted horse manure applied just after winter and once more just before growing will ensure a great crop.
- Pick regularly to encourage growth.