It’s really happening. Our magical world of food ― we’re referring to the unicorn food craze, of course ― has taken our traditional yellow pineapples and made them pink. LOOK:
The FDA approved the safety of this genetically modified fruit for sale in the U.S. back in December 2016. And while we haven’t seen them at the supermarket yet, they have started to show up on our Instagram feeds.
While people are generally pretty scared of anything that’s been genetically modified, the FDA assures that it’s perfectly safe. The way these pineapples were modified to stay pink, the FDA explains, was that they were “genetically engineered to produce lower levels of the enzymes already in conventional pineapple that convert the pink pigment lycopene to the yellow pigment beta carotene. Lycopene is the pigment that makes tomatoes red and watermelons pink, so it is commonly and safely consumed.”
As a result of this modification, the Rose Gold pineapples ― as Del Monte refers to them ― will actually taste sweeter. You’ll know you’re buying one of these new pineapples when you see a tag that says “extra sweet pink flesh pineapple.”