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Introducing the pinkberry: Horticulturalists breed new species of blueberry

☥☽✪☾DAW ☽✪☾ 2012/06/28 02:48:58
Introducing the pinkberry  Horticulturalists breed new species of blueberry

Fruit growers have bred a new species of blueberry that looks set to brighten up muffins and pies.

The so-called pinkberry has a bright fuschia colour – a far cry from the usual deep blue shade of the superfruit.

It’s exactly the same shape and size as a blueberry but tastes much sweeter than its slightly sour cousin.

They are said to be ideal for eating raw, sprinkling on cereal, baking into cakes and for using in drinks.
Introducing the pinkberry  Horticulturalists breed new species of blueberry
Pretty in pink: The crop of pinkberries is exactly the same shape and size of a blueberry but tastes much sweeter than its slightly sour cousin



Horticulturalists in the US spent 20 years breeding pinkberries through cross-pollination and selected the Pink Lemonade variety due to its sweet taste.
The bushes are now being imported to the UK for the first time to be sold through Devon-based Suttons Seeds.

The bushes’ pointed leaves turn bright orange in autumn and produce pale pink bell-shaped flowers, which grow into translucent white berries in the spring.
The fruits develop into a green shade and eventually turn bright pink when they mature in August and September.
Francijn Suermondt for Suttons Seeds, said: 'In the UK we don’t have anything as bright as this so it’s lovely, it’s so pretty and children will especially like it.
'They are perfect for patios and balconies and can be grown exactly like blueberries.


Introducing the pinkberry  Horticulturalists breed new species of blueberry


Chichi: Pinkberries are ideal for eating raw, sprinkling on cereal, mixing into cake mix and for using in a glass of champagne


Introducing the pinkberry  Horticulturalists breed new species of blueberry
Old news: A fruit grower created the pinkberry by crosing the rabbiteye blueberry and the normal highbush blueberry



It is best to plant the pinkberry bush next to other pinkberry bushes or blueberries, as this will make it grow more fruit due to pollination.

'As with most fruit fresh is best, but they can be used in muffins or pies and cooked exactly how you would cook a blueberry, but they have double the amount of sweetness.'

The pinkberries come potted in 1.3 litre tubs and will grow to a height of 4.9ft with a 2.9ft spread.
Each bush will grow about 3lbs of fruit every year.


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