Australian scientists have created a pineapple that tastes like a coconut. It took them ten years to develop, but the fruit dubbed as the “piña colada pineapple” wasn’t exactly what they were trying to create.
Scientists, from a government agency in Queensland, were initially trying to develop a new variety of a sweeter, juicier pineapple but instead, created a coconut flavored one and now call it the AusFestival.
Garth Sanewski, a senior horticulturalist at Queensland’s department of agriculture says, “When we are doing the breeding, we are not actually looking for a coconut-flavored pineapple or any other particular flavor.” All in all, they embraced it. He adds, “It’s sweet, low acid, very juicy. It has this lovely coconut flavor which you won’t find in any other pineapple in Australia.”
Commercial developers are in the process of multiplying this mix of flavored fruit, and expect it to be available commercially to the public in about two years.
Currently, in order to have a piña colada cocktail, you have to mix rum, cream of coconut and pineapple juice together with ice, before straining the resulting mixture into a goblet-type glass. After the AusFestival comes into the public market, no one will have any need for a separate coconut and pineapple at all. It will be all in one.
The Daily Mail reported where and how the piña colada was first served. On August 15, 1954, the piña colada “was first served at the Caribe Hilton’s Beachcomber Bar in San Juan, Puerto Rico by head barman Ramón ‘Monchito’ Marrero. According to legend, Monchito’s managers had asked him to mix a new signature drink for the bar that would delight the demanding palates of its star-studded clientele.” Monchito accepted the challenge, and after three months of testing different blends the first piña colada was born and served.
Queensland, Australia produces more than 80,000 tons of pineapples a year but the government has been trying to cut down on the cost of imports. So, Scientists in Queensland, have been trying to produce their own breed of pineapple that are less costly and tastier than other varieties to compete with the cheaper imports.
Most Australian pineapples are Hawaiian-bred varieties, but two years ago, for the first time, they developed a home-grown pineapple and called it the Australian Jubilee.