At first sight, pineberries might look exactly like strawberries, which are still unripe. But nope, you are wrong. These white strawberries are called pineberries and they taste exactly more like pineapples than strawberries.
A Reddit user named “Crustyaj” posted about pineberries in “TIL” subreddit of the popular website “Reddit”.
The fruits first came into existence in the mid-18th century in Europe, as a hybrid of Chilean strawberry and American strawberry. However, they did not become popular until 2003, when Hans de Jongh, a strawberry breeder, took steps to create a market for these pineberries.Source
Since then, he has been patenting pineberries. This fruit was thought to be only a British food before 2010, but it is now found worldwide.Source
According to a report in Japan Today published in 2012, these “white strawberries” are increasing in popularity and people often gift them at special occasions such as weddings and birthdays. However, these are much more costly than your average strawberry. Source
Pineberries aren’t the only breed of white strawberries- there are many more, some of which are natural while others are hybrid. However, pineberries have a unique feature – they taste more like pineapples. Source
The reason why pineberries are white is because they lack a protein called “Fragaria allergen 1”. Normally, fruits are colourless at the beginning, and as they begin to ripe, their colour starts to change due to this protein.Source
In the USA, pineberry seeds can be ordered from Amazon, Nourse Farms etc. If you are outside the USA, you can check at your local farms for seeds.Source