Pinkglow pink pineapple on a white plate
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Pink Pineapple Review | Pinkglow Taste Test

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Calling all fruit lovers! I am a huge fan of fruit, and one of my hobbies besides growing fruit trees is tasting unique and exotic fruits from around the world. One of my favorite fruits growing up and still to this day is pineapple. Especially grilled pineapple with a bit of sugar added to it, oh my, it is like candy. In this article, I talk about one unique pineapple, the pink pineapple or the correct name is Pinkglow pineapple.

Learn all about the amazing Pink Pineapple, where it comes from and where it grows, what the nutritional benefits are, how it got its pink color, how to eat it, and what it tastes like. The Pinkglow pineapple is truly the “Jewel of the Jungle.”

Where does the Pinkglow or Pink Pineapple come from and where does it grow?

Pink pineapple growing in farm

The Pinkglow® or pink pineapple is grown by the Del Monte company. It is exclusively grown in the south-central region of Costa Rica and then shipped and sold in the United States and Canada. Except for Hawaii. The state of Hawaii prohibits outside pineapples from entering their State. As of this article, those two countries are the only places you can find pink pineapple.

I was lucky enough to find them at H-Mart in Mesa, Arizona. It is a Korean and International supermarket, and they get exotic fruits all the time. One of my go-to places to find new fruits to try. If you want to buy them online they can be found at Melissa’s and Tropical Fruit Box. But be warned, they are extremely expensive online.

They were only $9.99 where I got them, which wasn’t bad at all considering they are $30 to $40 dollars online. Granted when you buy them online they come in a nicely packaged gift box. Recently I have been seeing them sold in regular grocery stores as well.

Although Del Monte has been working on the Pinkglow® for quite some time (2005), it wasn’t until recently, in late 2020, that it hit the shelves in the United States. Mainly because of the long regulatory process that takes place with genetically modified foods. The FDA approved the fruit in 2016.

Where does the Pinkglow name come from? And is the pineapple really pink?

Pinkglow pink pineapple on a white plate

The term Pinkglow® comes from the fact that the pineapple is indeed pink! A pink pineapple, how cool is that? Del Monte bioengineered the fruit to suppress the naturally occurring beta carotene enzyme yellow pigment, which turns the fruit normally yellow, and enhanced the levels of a pink pigment called lycopene, which makes the color pink. That same enzyme is what makes tomatoes red and watermelons pink. Pretty genius.

Del Monte is the only company that grows and sells this amazing pink variety of pineapples.

Bioengineered? Genetically modified? Is it safe? Yes, yes, and yes! The pink pineapple fruit is just as safe and nutritious as to eat as regular pineapples. How could that be, you may be wondering? Because the genetic modification only changed three genes in the pineapple, none of which affected the safety or nutrition.

What are the nutritional benefits?

The standard pineapple in general not only is super tasty but is packed with nutritional benefits. The Pinkglow® contains the same numerous health benefits as a normal pineapple. Here are a few of them:

  • Low in calories, per serving (1 cup)
  • High in fiber
  • Excellent source of Vitamin C
  • Loaded with Manganese
  • Good source of Vitamin B6, Copper, Thiamine, and other essential vitamins and minerals
  • High in antioxidants, which help fight diseases, like heart disease
  • May aid in digestion
  • May reduce the risk of cancer
  • Promotes a healthy immune system

And much more! Learn more about the health benefits at Healthline.

How to eat Pink Pineapple or Pinkglow®

Full pinkglow pineapple on a wooden cutting board.

First of all, you will notice a difference between the whole Pinkglow pineapple and traditional pineapples. The pink pineapple will come with the top or crown already cut off. And why is that? Well, because they are harvested by hand, and to generate new pineapple crops they plant the pink pineapple crowns. Very smart!

Like all traditional yellow pineapples, they will not ripen after picking but may change color, from greenish to more yellowish. But it will taste the same whenever you eat it.

Just cut it and serve it like you would any other pineapple. This isn’t a specific “how to cut a pineapple” tutorial. But basically, you cut off the ends and then slice down the sides, and then cut out the eyes. Or use a pineapple corer which is super handy if you eat a lot of pineapple. And indeed it has pink flesh! Hence the name.

Use it in various dishes like a pink pineapple upside-down cake. Or make a pink homemade pineapple dole dessert. Eat it as is, put it on your pizza? Yes, I like pineapple on my pizza, deal with it. Put it in an ambrosia salad or other fruit salads. Throw it on the grill, however you want to eat it.

What does Pinkglow® pink pineapple taste like?

Pink pineapple chunks on a wooden cutting board.

And finally the taste test! If you love pineapple in general, you will love this! While it tastes similar to a regular yellow pineapple it also has a delicious and different or unique taste to it. It is extremely juicy, I think a bit juicier than a conventional pineapple. Also, it isn’t as sour or tangy. A nice sweet taste with a floral rose-like smell, almost like candy, and even a hint of cotton candy flavor. Of course, tastes are subjective, but it really is a super tasty fruit.

Again if you are a fan of pineapples, you will love this.

Is it worth the price? If you can find it for less than $12, I would say it is definitely worth trying at least once. I will definitely buy more at $9.99, which is the price I got. Are they worth $29.99 or $39.99? I don’t know about that. But when they are sold at that price they come in a cool gift box, which is where a lot of the price markup comes from.

Speaking of which, the Pinkglow pineapples would make for a really cool gift to give to a fruit lover. Especially if that person loves tasting and trying out new fruits.

I hope you enjoyed learning about this unique fruit.

How do I store leftover pineapple?

Store leftover chunks of pineapple in an air tight container in the fridge. The whole pineapple can be stored at room temp on the counter until ready to eat.

Watch the video I made about the Pinkglow Pink Pineapple!

Pinkglow Pineapple Review and Taste Test | Pink Pineapple The Jewel of the Jungle

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8 Comments

  1. I purchased a pink pineapple for $5.00 in Oklahoma at a store called Reasors. It was all moldy and soft. I took it back to the store I purchased it at and traded it for a different one. I didn’t find it jucier than a yellow pineapple but it tasted good, not as sweet as normal pineapple. I feel like I got a good price if you paid almost $10.

  2. This is really amazing! Thanks a lot for sharing, so excited to try!

  3. This is SO cool! I am so excited to try a pink pineapple now!! Looks delicious!

  4. I have been DYING to try a pink pineapple. How awesome you found one locally at a great price!

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