Pink Pineapples Are Real—Here’s Where to Find Them

Del Monte is now growing GORGEOUS pink pineapples!

Ever since I got my hands on cotton candy grapes for the first time, I’ve been on the lookout for more candy-flavored fruit. Now, when I’m at the grocery store,  it’s hard not to find something new in the produce section.

The next thing I buy will be one of Del Monte’s pink pineapples!

What Exactly Is a Pink Pineapple?

It’s precisely what you’d expect: a pineapple with pink flesh. It turns out this “Jewel of the Jungle” is more complex that meets the eye, though. According to Del Monte, this colorful new fruit is 16 years in the making.

Grown in the South Central region of Costa Rica, these pretty pink creations (aka Pinkglow pineapples) taste different than regular pineapples. They’re less sour than what you might be used to, as well as juicier and sweeter. They even have some candy-like notes as well—sounds like I’m going to like these quite a bit! You can still expect the same great pineapple health benefits, though.

The pink coloring comes from the presence of lycopene, a natural pigment that occurs in other foods such as watermelon and tomatoes. Del Monte even keeps the leafy crowns of the purchased pineapples so they can continuously regrow their wonder crop. (You can do the same thing to grow a pineapple at home.)

Where to Buy Pink Pineapples

Pinkglow pineapples can be purchased from only two retailers, Melissa’s and Tropical Fruit Box. Both can be found at the Pinkglow website. You may have guessed, but pink pineapples aren’t as cheap as their yellow brethren. Right now, prices are between $30 and $50 a pop, so they’re definitely an investment. This may not be fruit you stock up on to snack on casually, but is definitely the kind of centerpiece that will make the perfect conversation starter for any small get-together.

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Melany Love
Having always wanted a career in writing, Melany couldn't have found a better place than Taste of Home to begin. When she's not scribbling in her notebook or working at her computer, she can be found experimenting with new recipes or relaxing with a book and her cats.