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FutureStarrBlue Strawberry Plant
They isolated the gene that produces this anti-freeze and introduced it to the strawberry. The result is a strawberry that looks blue and doesn’t turn to mush or degrade after being placed in the freezer. While they’re not in production, research is ongoing. Would you eat blue strawberries?Blue Strawberry" sounds like a hipster boutique or a trendy new vegan restaurant. But are blue strawberries a real plant that you can grow? The real truth about blue strawberries, according to Snopes, is that they are a hoax that owes their existence, as well as their striking blue color, to Photoshop's "replace color" tool rather than to nature.Since there are so many varieties of strawberry plants out there, at Blue Strawberry Plant we just choose one- and grow it right in our backyard. Check out our blog and find out more about the process.
You can actually purchase what are purported to be blue strawberry seeds from Amazon, eBay, and other fine e-tailers. Don't be too shocked, though, to see that most of the reviews are on the low side. On an Amazon listing that received a mediocre 2.5 stars, you can see that half of these were one-star reviews from those who either did not buy the product and wanted to inform others it was a hoax, people who did buy the seeds and were disappointed when they didn't germinate, and even one reviewer who admitted she must have been drunk when she made the purchase.There is actually a story circulating which allegedly explains the science behind blue strawberries. Supposedly they were a type of genetically modified food created when scientists spliced genes from the Arctic flounder (which produces a natural form of anti-freeze) with strawberries in order to create a fruit that would be freeze-resistant and would extend the growing season in colder climates.
This experiment did actually happen, but there is no evidence at all that the resulting berries were blue, nor are any modified seeds, should these still be in existence, readily available to purchase.No, I have never heard of that variety from any official source. However, when it comes to strawberry seeds and eBay, there is a bit of a sullied reputation in existence. People notoriously sell strawberry seeds for neon pink and bright blue and jet black strawberry varieties on eBay, Amazon, Etsy, and other online shops. And, they sell seeds for plants that produce strawberries the size of apples, supposedly (usually with a picture of a large strawberry cupped magnificently in a toddler’s hands so as to appear gigantic, or just enlarged with photoshop, or side-by-side with a small version of something easily recognized to confuse the scale). Unfortunately, it is highly unlikely that what you purchased is as advertised. There are a few problematic factors in play: (Source:strawberryplants.org)