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    Researchers in Australia have created a new "piña colada" pineapple that tastes like a coconut.


    Queensland grows more than 80,000 tons of pineapples a year Photo: Alamy

    By Jonathan Pearlman in Sydney

    9:35AM GMT 05 Dec 2012
    6 Comments

    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.

    Scientists create 'coconut-flavoured' pineapple - Telegraph

  • #2
    Sounds like a good way to use taxpayer money.

    And sweeter + juicier than original pineapple?! O_O It doesn't get any sweet or juicier than a ripe pineapple!
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    • #3
      Originally posted by j3nn View Post
      And sweeter + juicier than original pineapple?! O_O It doesn't get any sweet or juicier than a ripe pineapple!
      I guess you haven't tried a Cherimoya yet.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by j3nn View Post
        Sounds like a good way to use taxpayer money.
        They have spent ten years trying and still have not achieved what they set out to do.

        I guess they figure if they actually succeeded, then there wouldn't be any reason to fund their project anymore, so they fail year after year in order to get new funding.

        It was only through serendipity that they managed to stumble upon something cool.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Grok View Post
          I guess you haven't tried a Cherimoya yet.
          No, I haven't. What is that?
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          • #6
            Originally posted by Grok View Post
            They have spent ten years trying and still have not achieved what they set out to do.

            I guess they figure if they actually succeeded, then there wouldn't be any reason to fund their project anymore, so they fail year after year in order to get new funding.
            Exactly! Government projects never end, they go on Ad infinitum. A government employee isn't going to willingly make their job irrelevant.

            It was only through serendipity that they managed to stumble upon something cool.
            I think that's the case for most things the state takes credit for.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by j3nn View Post
              No, I haven't. What is that?
              I imagine they would be very expensive and hard to find on the east coast, they are only grown in limited quantities at certain times of the year.

              It's important you get the right variety and wait until they are ripe, they should be squishy like a ripe avocado. Also the seeds are poisonous, don't eat them.

              http://www.cherimoya.com/

              Originally posted by j3nn View Post
              I think that's the case for most things the state takes credit for.
              Indeed, even a blind squirrel finds a nut every once in a while.

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              • #8
                Now this is GMO I can get behind. Add rum---instant piña colada!
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by j3nn View Post
                  Sounds like a good way to use taxpayer money.
                  Why wouldn't it be? If its sweeter then that potentially means shorter growing times. Additionally if the research works, then the Aus government will have the rights to the strain of pinaepple and will be able to make money off.
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                  • #10
                    That's just wrong *blinks*
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by AMonkey View Post
                      Why wouldn't it be? If its sweeter then that potentially means shorter growing times. Additionally if the research works, then the Aus government will have the rights to the strain of pinaepple and will be able to make money off.
                      Dude, it's government. If they want to make money, all they have to do is put a gun to your head.

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                      • #12
                        I'd rather see them spending their cash playing with pineapples than making bigger bombs and bombing some third world country back into the stone age.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Daemonized View Post
                          I'd rather see them spending their cash playing with pineapples than making bigger bombs and bombing some third world country back into the stone age.
                          This might sound horrible but I don't care as long as they keep the bombs away from people that I care about. And me. And the person that grows the cows that I like to eat.
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                          • #14
                            Something tells me that whatever chemicals make it taste like coconut... Aren't found in coconuts.
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