06 Feb 2020

Here comes the pink blueberry

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While there are no red-fleshed varieties of blueberry yet, pink-skinned varieties are available.

This type is a 'variant' of blueberries blue and is mainly characterised by its deep pink skin.

It is a hybrid, therefore fruit of natural crossbreeds, obtained in the USA at the end of the last century.

blueberries PinkLemonade was the first pink blueberries to appear on the market; it was developed by the USDA over a period of ten years. They are a cross between an experimental blueberry and the commercial variety 'Delite'. First introduced in 2005 as 'ARS 96-138', the Vaccinium hybrid was officially named 'Pink Lemonade' in 2007. The blueberries 'highbush Pink Lemonade' is well adapted to milder growing regions where temperatures do not fall below 0°F.

Pink Lemonade Blueberries picture

The somewhat misleading colour of blueberry Pink Lemonade initially appears an unripe yellow-green, but eventually becomes more flecked with light pink and fuchsia when ready to harvest. Similar to their blue cousins, blueberries Pink Lemonade has a firm texture and juicy interior. With a much higher sugar content and an unmistakable lemon flavour , it's clear how their name soon followed. One developer described the flavour as 'sweet and floral'.

There are several varieties of blueberry pink: MNPink1 (patent PP25792 of 2015), Pink Lemonade(USDA) and Pink Champagne(USDA).

A PINK BLUEBERRY? 🤯HOW UNUSUAL! SWEET GLOSSY BERRIES TURN FROM LIGHT GREEN, TO LIGHT PINK THEN TO A GLORIOUS DARK PINK WHEN THEY ARE READY TO BE PICKED. THEY'RE PACKED WITH ANTIOXIDANTS AND VITAMINS TOO! SHOP NOW > HTTPS://T.CO/VRJUSJFP46#BLUEBERRIES #FRUIT #GARDENING PIC.TWITTER.COM/0C85P2DYSL

- HAYLOFT (@HAYLOFTPLANTS) JANUARY 16, 2020

Here is the pink blueberry in production:

and some tips from the Dennis Botanic Collection for production:

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Here is a review of pink blueberries purchased in summer 2019 from Eataly in New York.

"THE COLOUR IS VERY ATTRACTIVE; THE TASTE IS SIMILAR TO A NORMAL BLUEBERRY BUT IS MORE COMPLEX, WITH SOME CITRUS AND RASPBERRY NOTES."

The plants of blueberries rosa are available in Italy from specialised nurseries, including Vivai VeimaroGarden Shop Pasini and on their website venditapiccolifrutti.it, Vivai PrandiniGregorio Vivai, Vivai GabbianelliVivai Savegnago.

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