If there were an official drink of summer, we think rosé wine has a good shot at taking the title. It’s inspired everything from rosé popsicles to rosé gummy bears — and now you can find rosé in the produce aisle too, thanks to rosé berries.
Rosé berries are strawberries and raspberries with the same blush-colored hue as your favorite fizzy wine. (And they’re just as Instagram-worthy.) In other words: They’re the fruits we never knew we needed.
Rosé berries were introduced by produce company Driscoll’s. They’re the brainchild of the company’s “Joy Makers,” a team of scientists that change up traditional produce breeding methods without using GMOs.
So where does the pretty pink hue come from? According to the Driscoll’s website, rosé raspberries are simply a cross-breed of golden raspberries and red raspberries, which gives them their coppery color. They’re not specific about how rosé strawberries get their hue, although they say it comes from a “natural blend of light and dark berries mixed with the power of the sun.” (That’s a bit vague, but we guess they can’t give away all their trade secrets, no matter how much we want to plant our own rosé berry garden.)
What Do Rosé Berries Taste Like?
Like other berries, rosé berries are sweet, juicy, and totally snackable. Driscoll’s describes rosé berries as having “sweet, peachy notes” and “soft, floral finish.”
So can you just skip the rosé wine and get (responsibly) buzzed on rosé berries instead? Nope, sorry — these berries don’t contain actual wine.
Are Rosé Berries Healthy?
Rosé berries might taste sweet like candy, but they’re still fruit — and it’s hard to eat “too much” fruit. (Although it’s always possible to overdo it when eating anything, so limit it to a few servings per day.)
Driscoll’s doesn’t list the specific nutritional value of their rose berries on their website, but they’re essentially a breed of strawberries and raspberries, so they’re likely to be similar nutrient-wise. (Regular strawberries boast about 46 calories per cup with about 7 grams of sugar, while raspberries contain about 64 calories and about 5 grams of sugar per cup.) Factor in the fiber and polyphenols in strawberries and raspberries, and you have a delicious and nutritious snack.
Where to Buy Rosé Berries
Here’s the bummer: Rosé berries are a limited-edition food, and you’ll only be able to get them for a few months in a select few locations in California and on the East Coast.
In Northern California, you can grab your pints of rosé berries at Whole Foods between June and September. Both Wegman’s and Fresh Direct cover the East Coast. But the rest of the country is out of luck — at least for now.
Our fingers are crossed that rosé berries become so popular that Driscoll’s has no choice but to roll them out to the rest of the U.S. We can dream, right?