Okay, we're gonna go ahead and call it! Twenty-seventeen will be the year of the pink pineapple.
Are you prepared for pink pineapples? Del Monte sure is. And the FDA is on board, too, having just announced approval of a genetically modified pineapple with pink flesh.
The pink isn't just pretty. The point of turning pineapples' golden fruit pink is to boost their lycopene content. Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant, a carotenoid famous for giving tomatoes their bold red color. In pineapples, lycopene will turn the flesh pink -- or "rosé" if you prefer.
Actually, lycopene already occurs naturally in pineapples. The reason the fruit isn't pink is that pineapples also produce enzymes that convert lycopene into the familiar golden pigment. Del Monte's new fruit will be genetically engineered to produce fewer of those gold-making enzymes. Left alone, the lycopene will develop pink fruit that's also sweeter.
Del Monte has been developing the pink pineapple for over a decade. The fruit will be grown in Costa Rica and available in American markets.
What to do with your adorable pink pineapples? They'll make gorgeous salads and salsas, and tropical drinks -- and add a shock of color to shish kabobs. For your pink pineapple pleasure, here's our complete Pineapple Recipe Collection.