Agence France Presse
Published — Thursday 6 December 2012
Last update 5 December 2012 10:14 pm
SYDNEY: 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,” horticulturalist Garth Senewski told the ABC in comments aired yesterday. “It’s sweet, low acid, very juicy.” Senewski, who could not be reached for comment, said the researchers did not initially intend to create a pineapple that tasted like coconut.
The Department of Agriculture confirmed the development to AFP but said anyone hoping for a “pina colada” pineapple will have to wait as it will be two years before the first trees are planted commercially.