A unique blueberry that isn't even blue. Learn all about this special type of blueberry, what it tastes like, and when to find it in season.
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Whenever I hear about a variety of fruit that I haven't tried, I am going to start searching for it.
Sometimes that search takes a long time.
It took me several years but I can finally now say I have had Pink Lemonade Blueberries.
What are they?
? What are Pink Lemonade Blueberries?
No, these aren't blueberries that were picked too early. They are a variety of blueberry - even thought they aren't blue - they turn pink when they ripe and ready to eat. If you have ever been blueberry picking you would know that the immature berries are pink.
? What Do They Taste Like?
They still do taste like a blueberry, but with fruity undertones and a pleasant tartness while still be a sweet berry - hey, sounds like pink lemonade! The flavor is better than most blueberries you are going to find in your grocery store.
❓ Are They GMO?
I often get this question when a new fruit comes out that looks different than what people are use to.
Genetically modified foods are in most part, created to make a crop easier to spray, be more productive, stay fresh longer, etc. It's not to produce a new tasty variety of something. People weren't crying out for a pink colored blueberry.
Whatever your opinion on the subject is, know that these berries are not "a GMO" like field corn or soybeans that dot the landscape here in the Midwest.
Pink Lemonade was created by a USDA breeding program along with several other varieties. It's actually not the only pink variety, just the one that caught on the most.
? When in Season
Family Tree Farms is so far the only grower I know that is growing them on a commercial scale. The berry is popular for backyard gardeners and plants can be found through many nurseries and online.
That being said, Family Tree Farms Pink Lemonade berries are available roughly around mid June to early July.
They are a later maturing berry, so if you grow them yourself or are looking for them at a local farmer's market then they should be ripe towards the end of your local blueberry season.
? Where to Buy
It took me years to find them so they aren't in a huge supply in grocery stores as of now. Here are the only sources I have been able to find that could carry them. The Fresh Market seems to be your best option, it's where I found them.
- The Fresh Market
- Specialty Produce
- Santa Monica Farmer's Market