Pineberries are a hybrid of two strawberry variety. The white strawberry cultivar has red seeds with a pineapple flavor are commercial availability in small numbers due to their low yield. Other factors include the relatively small size and price. The pineberry fruit is pricey and slightly challenging to grow.
The fruit is smaller in size than strawberry with red seeds and white fruits measures 20 mm. The berries are rounded, conical and pointed at one end. The features are pale hue, whitish skin, studs of red seeds. The texture is soft, juicy with a unique aromatic mix.
- Small in size berry measuring 20 mm
- They are rounded, conical and pointed end
- Pale hue, whitish skin
- Studs of red seeds
- Texture is soft, juicy
- Unique aromatic mix
Commercial Pineberry Production
Although the commercial cultivation started in Belgium and Netherlands in 2010. The breeding stock originated from Virginia and Chile.
The fruit attracts premium price however challenges include small size, low yield and seasonal. They are sold commercially in Europe, Dubai, United Kingdom, Netherlands and Belgium. There major selling point is the strawberry appearance and pineapple flavor.
They yield fruit when grown with strawberry through cross pollination. There are different varieties of Pineberry like the White D, Natural Albino, White Carolina and White Pine.
The natural albino has very small fruits while the white Carolina are easily susceptible to diseases. The white pine produces few yield while white D are slightly larger than the rest, tastes great and ideal for gardens.
- White D
- Natural Albino
- White Carolina
- White Pine
Uses of Pineberries
The novelty fruit is similar to other strawberries and promoted to the British market through clever marketing. Botanical names are Chiloensis, Ananaserdbeeere.
The fruit has many culinary applications based on the taste. They can be prepared into juice, pies, eaten raw or made into jam.
- Made into juice
- eaten raw
- made into jam
The soil should have good drainage and acidic soil with PH 5.5 to 6.5. Make sure the soil is devoid of pathogens from earlier cultivation of crops.
The Pineberries can grow on site soil, pots, raised beds or containers. Makes sure the soil has plenty of micro-nutrients, organic matter and is kept moist.
Keep the soil moist by watering regularly however avoid wet or waterlogging which can kill the plant. Wet soil could cause shriveled leaves, uneven fruit growth.
To ensure adequate watering during dry or warm periods install a drip system. You can add liquid fertilizer rich in phosphorous, potassium every other month. The nitrogen content should be kept minimum and gradually degrees the use of fertilizer.
To prevent fruit rotting or touching the ground use mulch. Mulching keeps soil acidic, regulates the soil temperature, feeds plant and prevent loss of moisture.
Mulching is very effective during winter because it prevents root freezing. However keep the Pineberry indoors during winter and provide adequate warmth.
How to get the Pineberry
Pineberries grow wild and are found in certain geographical locations. If you reside in such areas you can pick the plants from the wild. The plants are hybrid plants and difficult to grow from seeds and will not guaranty fruiting.
However introducing other varieties of strawberry would encourage cross pollination and fruiting. Purchase the potted young Pineberries or preserved seeds from certified nurseries. Use online resources to find them an order.
How to Grow Pineberry
For effective cross pollination plant Pineberries alongside strawberries. Plant every 4 Pineberries to 1 strawberry. Start the row in 2-1-2 ratio with a distance1 feet each plant, 3 feet between rows.
The first step is to prepare the bed in an area with 6 to 8 hours sun. Dig holes, fix in place, tamp own soil around the plant. Adequate space will ensure proper growth of the plants.
Don’t forget to fertilize, mulch and weed regularly to prevent competing grass. The Pineberry has low crop yield, specific taste and interesting aroma. They are ideal for small production, home gardens and greenhouses.
- Purchase the Pineberry
- Dig to accommodate root
- Add manure and space appropriately
- Fix in place tamp down soil
- Water regularly to keep soil moist
- Make sure the plant has 7 hours sun
Harvesting Pineberries is by handpicking the fruits. Once they are fully ripe pick individual fruits early in the morning.