Roses are red, violets are blue. Strawberries come in purple too? A new purple strawberry- dubbed ‘Purple Wonder’-was unveiled by the W. Atlee Burpee Company this week at the Philadelphia International Flower Show.
The strawberry was actually bred by horticulturists at Cornell University but Burpee will have exclusive rights to market the plant to home gardeners. The June-bearing plant, Fragaria x ananassa, is reported hardy to Zone 5 with a height of 8-12" and a spread of 10-12".
The berries turn a creamy-white to red, when fully ripen will display an intense burgundy color. Unlike red strawberries, when sliced the fruits have the dark flesh throughout. According the press release for strawberry 'Purple Wonder,' these medium-sized berries are more flavorful than most garden varieties. Strawberries are rich in antioxidants.
"On average, 8 medium strawberries have the Vitamin C content of an 8-ounce glass of orange juice or 140% RDA."
Strawberry 'Purple Wonder'
The size of the plants and its compact nature is suppose to make them ideal for container gardening. 'Purple Wonder' can be found in the Meadowbrook Farm booth at the Philadelphia Flower Show and are available for sale at the show. After that the plants will only be available through Burpee's website.
Will a purple strawberry cause you to eat more strawberries simply for their unique coloring?