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    Scientists create 'coconut-flavoured' pineapple


    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
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    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

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    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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    Quote 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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    Quote 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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    Quote 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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    Quote 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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    Quote 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/

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    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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    Now this is GMO I can get behind. Add rum---instant piña colada!
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    Quote 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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