The unique history of the Pineberry...
Back in the early 1600s our American wild strawberry (Fragaria virginiana) was brought to France, which improved some of the qualities of the native European strawberries. In the 1700s, a strawberry from Chile (Fragaria chiloensis) was introduced. Although much better in size, and light colored, the plant was infertile, producing few berries.
Gardeners soon discovered, however, that planted next to the American variety it produced abundant fruit, so much bigger than what they could grow at that time... and in places where fruit dropped and seeds germinated, an altogether new species emerged...(Fragaria ananassa). And seeds were dropping everywhere, creating many new types, with varying sizes, colors and tastes, and much better winter hardiness...which is now recognized as the beginnings of the modern strawberry we know today.
A new variety of fruit
A "pineberry" group of varieties was identified due to superb taste and aroma, very reminiscent of a pineapple. There were many Pineberry" types, mostly small, with light colors and excellent flavor. Only recently, Dr. Hans De Jongh, a Dutch strawberry breeder, who long persevered in searching for some of these old varieties to use as breeding stock, has released Natural Albino®. Considered one of the best pineberries available, it is larger in size and yield, dramatic in color, sweeter in taste and has excellent winter hardiness.