A New Breed of Strawberries- the “Purple Wonder”
Scientists at Cornell University have now announced that they’ve managed to breed a new type of strawberries- purple ones. They say that the “Purple Wonder” is designed to stun with both its taste and its color, the deep burgundy you see in the picture. The Purple Wonder is was bred to be a more intense strawberry flavor, with a more aromatic flare- “Purple Wonder is sweet and aromatic, with outstanding strawberry flavor,” Courtney Weber, a small fruits breeder and associate professor of horticulture at Cornell, said in a statement. “But the color is something you won’t be able to find in any grocery store.”
The medium-sized berries start off creamy-white and then turn red before deepening into their dark purple hue. This new fruit will be unveiled on March 5th, at the Philadelphia International Flower Show. Cornell has the licensing agreement to sell the seeds to whoever they wish. The plan is to market the fruit to home gardeners. This new breed of fruit also contains a high level of antioxidants that makes it a great health booster. The fruit is bred to be able to be produced across nearly all of the continental United States.
My thoughts on this is that it is a great and interesting way to delve into the food market with a new product. It is a great thing that scientists can manipulate plants to be able to make them healthier and sweeter tasting. A market like this has great potential for the future. Do you guys think that it is taking it too far to be able to manipulate nature and to sell it to others to enjoy? Should we just let nature be?