After 15 years of development, Del Monte has finally released its Pinkglow Pineapple.

By Mike Pomranz
Updated October 13, 2020
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Sure, some futuristic promises never materialize. We’re all still waiting on our flying cars. But plenty of times, science fiction becomes a reality—whether its video conferencing or grapes that taste like cotton candy. Along those lines, back in 2016, news broke that the FDA had approved a Del Monte-developed, pink-fleshed pineapple for human consumption. Four years later and those pink pineapples are finally available for purchase. It’s like Del Monte knew 2020 would be the year nothing needs to make sense.

Courtesy of Del Monte

Launching today, these officially-named Pinkglow Pineapples are Del Monte Fresh Produce exclusives and available nationwide—but only through two online retailers found via PinkglowPineapple.com. And yes, the Instagram-ready fruit may have missed peak summer rosé season, but at $49 a pop (yes, that’s per pineapple), a Pinkglow will make you look classy any time of year.

“As a leading supplier of fresh pineapples throughout the world, Fresh Del Monte is committed to continuing to invest in our pineapple research and development program to meet the ever-changing needs of our consumers,” Pablo Rivero—vice president marketing, North America, for Fresh Del Monte—said of the fruit that was first put into development way back in 2005. “The Pinkglow Pineapple is a product we are incredibly proud of—not only for its beautiful color and delicious taste, but also because of the care that went into growing and releasing it, as well as the sustainable method we’ve enacted to produce these new pink pineapples.”

Courtesy of Del Monte

So why is this pineapple so expensive? And why’d it take so long to hit the market after its FDA approval? Del Monte explains that pineapples actually take as long as 24 months to grow, with Pinkglows specifically being hand-picked “in ultra-limited harvests” on a select farm in Costa Rica. And the brand adds, “While consumers will open their packages to find the Pinkglow Pineapple without its crown, Fresh Del Monte can ensure that it will be removing and replanting each crown before shipping, sustainability cultivating the next crop of this magnificent rarity.”

Still, for all this effort and expense, Del Monte also promises customers will be rewarded with a very tasty pineapple. This so-called “Jewel of the Jungle” is billed as “both juicier and sweeter than a traditional pineapple” featuring “a delicious and completely unique taste” that “boasts notes of candy aromatics.” Oh, and every box comes with a certificate of authenticity—because, really, a pink pineapple is practically a work of art.

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