2021 - Volume #45, Issue #3, Page #20[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
White Strawberries Coming Soon
Plant breeders at the University of Florida have released a new white strawberry variety, and it’s now being test marketed. By next year, the new white strawberries should be available in some U.S. grocery stores.
The strawberry is white inside and out, with a slight pink blush on the skin and red seeds. Not only is the color unique, but also the flavor - sweet but with a pineapple-like aroma.
White strawberries were developed by crossing pollen from Japanese plants with a Florida variety.
“White strawberries have been popular in Japan for some time, but this is expected to be the first white strawberry on the market in the U.S.,” says Vance Whitaker, a University of Florida professor of horticultural sciences and a strawberry breeder.
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