Posted on October 24, 2020
Costa Rica Exports Worlds First Pink Pineapple
The company Fresh Del Monte recently launched an exotic product: the pink pineapple, currently only grown in Costa Rica, more exactly in Buenos Aires de Puntarenas. These pineapples are known as “Pinkglow”.
This genetically modified fruit has the approval of the FDA “The pineapples were simply “engineered to produce lower levels of the enzymes already in conventional pineapple that convert the pink pigment lycopene to the yellow pigment beta carotene. Lycopene is the pigment that makes tomatoes red and watermelons pink, so it is commonly and safely consumed.”
The pink pineapples are, according to Del Monte, sweeter than regular pineapples. They are also considered right now an “exclusive” product, each pineapple is reportedly sold at around $49 in a few selected commercial spots.
Del Monte told daily El Observador that they chose Costa Rica to grow this new crop because of the success they had with the “Gold” pineapple 25 years back and that continues today, they also trust the human talent.
Pinkglow pineapples take two years to grow and they are gathered by hand in “ultra-limited harvests” and to regenerate new crops its necessary to plant the crown.