While they look like something out of a geneticist’s lab, bubbleberries and pineberries — two types of exotic strawberries that taste like bubblegum and pineapple — are actually a product of nature. Well, sort of.
Farmers essentially bred endangered white strawberries from Southern Europe with specific red berries that had certain flavor traits until they arrived at the perfect fruit years later. The pineberry, which looks like an inverted strawberry with a white outside and red seeds, has the consistency and general taste of a strawberry but the citrusy flavor of a pineapple. The bubbleberry has lots of sugar and resembles the taste of Hubba Bubba bubblegum.
The fruit is getting pretty popular, too — Australia just gave the go-ahead for a company to import the plants, and the United States has allowed the sale of the exotic strawberries for a while. They first started popping up in stores in New York City around 2012. Home Depot is even reportedly going to start selling the plants under the name “Hula Berry.”
But if you don’t have a green thumb and want to try the fruit yourself, you can find them online for about just over $1 a piece.