These Pineapples Get Their Rosy Hue From Genetic Modification

 - May 22, 2017
References: popsugar & refinery29
Del-Monte and Dole have been growing pink-colored pineapples at their plantations in Hawaii and Jamaica.

This candy-colored tropical fruit has been genetically modified to contain a chemical called lycopene. This is the same chemical that gives fruit like watermelon and tomato its rosy color. These pink-colored pineapples thus produce less of the bromelain enzyme that gives pineapple its acidity, making for a sweeter fruit. In December 2016, the FDA approved these genetically modified pineapples for consumption due to research that stated the fruits were "just as safe and nutritious as their conventional counterparts."

Visitors to Del-Monte and Dole plantations have been posting pictures of the the pink pineapples which are highly photogenic. These pineapples are currently not available for sale, but can be seen at the plantations themselves.