Coconut-flavoured pineapple developed by Aussie scientists
After experimenting for over ten years, Queensland Department of Agriculture's researchers have created a new breed of pineapple - named the AusFestival pineapple - that tastes like... coconut! But what's the use? you might be asking yourself, and so are we: unaware of anything currently affecting the production of coconuts, we are wondering what's wrong with eating the real deal.
Nothing apparently, it's just that due to its unusual texture and its "novelty" value, this new coconut-flavoured pineapple might just be about to become a hit, at least in Australia. And the people involved in the research didn't even know it was going to end up this way, they were just looking for a way to enhance their pineapples' flavour.
Senior horticulturalist Garth Senewski explains: "When we're doing the breeding, we're not actually looking for a coconut-flavoured pineapple or any other particular flavour, we're looking for a nice flavoured pineapple [...] Taste tests tell us that AusFestival is a winner - it has this lovely coconut flavour, which you won't find in any other pineapple in Australia: it's sweet, low acid, very juicy". But it's going to take another couple of years for the coconut-flavoured pineapple to become available, as Senewsky points out, "it usually takes about 10 years to commercialise a new variety".
This comes just months after the UK debut of a pineapple-flavoured white strawberry, the pineberry, which was originally a South-American wild variety of the normal strawberry. Few years ago it started to be threatened with extinction and some Dutch farmers, having noticed the potentials of this strange fruit, decided that the pineberry's time wasn't up just yet. They began to grow it in glasshouses for commercial purposes and today the fruit is available in UK supermarkets such as Waitrose for only few weeks a year, starting from the beginning of April.