Goodbye Unicorn Food, Hello Pink Pineapples: Here Comes the
In the summer, food is more beautiful with a pink hue: Roseacute, Frappuccinos, cakes ndash and now, pink pineapples.
The strange new strain of everyonersquos favorite tropical fruit has actually been in development by Del Monte Fresh Produce since 2005, but the pictures of their hot pink perfection began to surface again last week. Now theyrsquore taking over Instagram feeds just in time for summer.
Yes, theyrsquore cute but can you eat them? Last December, the FDA gave pink pineapples its seal of approval, meaning they can be sold in grocery stores. Now, Del Monte and Dole are teaming up like two produce superheroes to grow the pink pineapples in Hawaii and Costa Rica.
Even if the FDA says theyrsquore safe to eat ndash or wedge on the edge of your cocktail glass by the pool ndash they are indeed genetically modified. Del Monte, which received the patent to create that signature ldquoextra sweet pink flesh pineapple,rdquo appropriately named Roseacute, in 2012, turned the pineapples pink using lycopene, the substance that gives tomatoes their fire engine red color, and makes watermelons pink as well, meaning yoursquove probably already safely eaten plenty of lycopene in your life. The Brief Newsletter Sign up to receive the top stories you need to know right now. View Sample Sign Up Now
Apparently, the addition of lycopene also makes the pink pineapples even sweeter than regular pineapple, which is already packed with sugar. But something else tells us that when these pink pineapples finally hit grocery stores, people wonrsquot care how they taste ndash as long as they look good in a smoothie, tacos, or on the picnic table.
This article originally appeared on FoodandWine.com
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