Sprouts and the Pineberries may seem a very odd thing to blog about, however, today’s that is our topic. I decided to go shopping my local Sprouts grocery store and pick up a bunch of vegetables and fruit for the week.
Entering my store, I noticed a large display of red strawberries, angel food cakes and pineberries. The display also has some advertising pictures of strawberries on sticks.
The store’s pineberries are actually called Pink-a-Boos and are “Ripe and Ready”. They come from Wish Farms in Plant City, Florida. The package’s net weight is 10 ounces.
This Pineberry almost looks like an unripe strawberry.
Sprouts and the Pineberries – Employees
i spoke with JP and Jeff, the Sprouts’ employees putting together the display. They are quite friendly, polite and very enthusiastic about this project. The display consisted of boxes of red strawberries attractively lined up on a table with large angle food cakes and several boxes of pineberries. On the way out of the store, I noticed they were photographing the completed display.
I picked up a couple of boxes of red strawberries to purchase, but also asked about the unusual pineberries.
JP and Jeff, took the time, to tell me pineberries get their name because they taste slightly like pineapples. They also told me the pineberries with the pinkish hue seem to taste the sweetest.
What is a Pineberry?
Pineberries are fairly new to the fruit market scene. At times, the berries can also be found in farmers markets or specialty gourmet stores.
They are descendants of strawberries and native to North America. Pineberries are considered a strawberry cultivar, (cultivated variety). Much like strawberries, the plants grows low to the ground with white flowers. The fruits starts out green and when ripe have a pinkish glow to them. The berries have deep red seeds.
They are popular not only in North América, but also in Europe.
Ways to Use Pineberries
Use pineberries in:
- Fruit Salads
- Scattered on Oatmeal or Breakfast Cereal
- Layered in Yogurt Parfaits
- Green Salads with Raspberry Vingarette
- With Cheese and Nuts on a Charcutery Board
So you can see the difference, this vintage glass holds red strawberries topped with a single pineberry.
Ending Notes on Sprouts and the Pineberries
Pineberries are only rarely seen in markets and are also expensive to purchase, so it is nice to see the berries in a local farmers market.
As for Jeff and JP, the friendly employees from Sprouts, thank you being so nice. Also, thank to the Maria, my favorite cashier, for pointing out the $5 money saving coupon on my sales receipt for my next shopping trip.
Enjoy those Red Strawberries and also the Pinkish-Hued Pineberries!
Resource Sites: www.starkbros.com and erinpolinski.com