Growing Pineberries at Wish Farms
Wish Farms Pink-A-Boo® Pineberries are a naturally grown, non-GMO berry developed by the University of Florida using traditional breeding techniques. The variety was officially named “Pearl” by the University. It might not look or taste like it, but pineberries are almost genetically identical to a red strawberry. In fact, the red strawberries we enjoy today were crossed with a white strawberry many years ago.
Pink-A-Boo® Pineberries are grown at our Florida and California strawberry farms, in fields directly adjacent to traditional red ones. Our farmers use the same growing methods as red strawberries and harvest them during the same window of time. In Florida, the pineberry growing season runs from November to April. For California, the pineberry growing season is January to October.
Where Does Wish Farms Grow Pineberries?
As Florida’s leading strawberry grower, Wish Farms harvests Pink-A-Boo® Pineberries in Plant City and at our company operated fields at G&D Farms in Duette. G&D is named for our company founders, Gershon and Daniel. It is known to be the largest contiguous strawberry farm in North America. The soil and weather conditions there are perfect for winter berry growing. Our farm team is extremely knowledgeable and passionate about growing the best tasting berries on the planet. We are currently harvesting nearly 100 acres of Pink-A-Boo® Pineberries in Florida.
Out west, Wish Farms grows 150 acres of pineberries in California. Famously known as “The Salad Bowl of America”, Salinas produces these beautiful berries starting in April. In southern California, pineberries are grown on our strawberry ranches in Santa Maria starting in March and Oxnard starting in January. These three regions of California have a rich history of agriculture, specifically for strawberry growing. The cool and dry climate in these coastal areas of the Golden State contributes to consistent quality and ripe, flavorful berries.