Australian scientists develop coconut-tasting pineapple

Dec 05, 2012
Photo illustration. Australian researchers are working on a new breed of pineapple—one that is not only sweet and juicy but which has the added tropical taste of coconut.

Australian researchers are working on a new breed of pineapple—one that is not only sweet and juicy but which has the added tropical taste of coconut.

In what is thought to be a world first, the Department of Agriculture in Queensland state is in the final stages of developing the new variety of the fruit, to be known as the AusFestival 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," Garth Senewski told the ABC in comments aired Wednesday.

"It's sweet, low acid, very juicy."

Senewski said the researchers did not initially intend to create a pineapple that tasted like coconut.

"When we're doing the breeding, we're not actually looking for a coconut-flavoured pineapple or any other particular flavour," he told ABC.

"We're looking for a nice flavoured pineapple. We're looking for a variety that is sweet, low acid and aromatic."

The confirmed the development to AFP but said anyone hoping for a "pina colada" will have to wait as it will be two years before the first are planted commercially.

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1 / 5 (1) Dec 05, 2012
It is not impressive to have coconut taste pineapple; if you could make pineapple taste like pine and apple, it would be very impressive. :)
1 / 5 (1) Dec 05, 2012
I would like to have roast duck taste pineapple next time!! :)
not rated yet Dec 05, 2012
thats cool, but i just looked on alibaba and generally they sell coconut twice-three times cheaper than pineapple by the ton, so we really need a coconut that tastes like pineapple.
1 / 5 (3) Dec 05, 2012
Pineapple that tastes like beef, so fast food would be healthy!

Seriously though, I am not a fan of cross-species GM. Never seriously liked the idea when you give it any thought.

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