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What you need to know about those pretty pink pineapples that are all over Instagram


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From frosé (that’s frozen rosé) to unicorn foods and merbabe lattes, it’s clear that everything’s prettier in pink. Now, meet the latest ready-for-Instagram food to take on a rosy hue: the pineapple.

This new variety of the enzyme-packed fruit has been in the works since 2005, and Del Monte Fresh Produce was given the go-ahead by the Food and Drug Administration last December to sell them. Now, Del Monte and Dole have teamed up to grow the pink pineapples in Costa Rica and Hawaii—and they’ll be coming soon to a grocery store or social feed near you. Some drool-worthy pics started popping up on Instagram and Twitter this week, Cosmopolitan reports, and they’re pretty darn, well, pretty.

The catch? While the happy-hued fruits require #nofilter, they’re genetically modified to look that way. (Del Monte received a patent for the “extra sweet pink flesh pineapple,” named, fittingly, Rosé, back in 2012.) The pineapples get their tint on both the inside and outside by adding lycopene, the substance that gives tomatoes their ruby-colored skin and makes watermelons pink.

Whether or not the GMOs in this instance are harmful to your health is TBD. (Several studies have indicated that GMOs are safe for humans, but critics say that more long-term studies are needed—because they believe that genetically interfering with a plant’s functioning may also, in turn, disrupt your body’s.)

As for whether everything’s tastier in pink? Del Monte claims the fruit is made sweeter by adding the lycopene. While we can’t vouch for the taste, they are cute—and would look great in a smoothie.

Another surprising smoothie star: cauliflower, a favorite of the Tone It Up trainers. And to take your blended creations up a notch, photogenically, here’s how to make the 9 prettiest smoothies on the internet.