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Scientists Accidentally Create a Pina Colada Pineapple That Tastes Like a Coconut

Now, scientists have created the cocoapple—a pineapple that tastes like a coconut

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There are a lot of things we rely on science for: our health, our technology, our understanding of the universe…our wacky fruits and vegetables. First we had the grapple—the apple that tastes like grape. Now, scientists have created the cocoapple (or perhaps the pineonut?). It’s a pineapple that tastes like a coconut.

Here’s The Telegraph on the breakthrough:

The scientists, from a government agency in Queensland, have spent ten years trying to develop a new variety of sweeter, juicier pineapple but did not actually intend to create the coconut flavour.

The new pineapple, called AusFestival, has been dubbed the “piña colada pineapple” and will potentially – as local media noted – preclude people from having to mix fruits in the famous cocktail. It is likely to be commercially available in two years.

Drink up in the name of science.

More from Smithsonian.com:

Kae Sa Luk: The Original Edible Arrangements
Five Ways to Eat Coconut

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Rose Eveleth is a writer for Smart News and a producer/designer/ science writer/ animator based in Brooklyn. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Scientific American, Story Collider, TED-Ed and OnEarth.

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