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World’s most expensive pineapple $17,318


July 16, 2010
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World's most expensive pineapple $ 17,318
"It's great to see the reward for barrowing the 30 tonnes of manure into the pits last winter," said Nicola Bradley, on success of growing the world's most expensive pineapple.

July , 16, 2010 – BIG is not always better.

Ask British gardener Nicola Bradley.

She reckons growing the world's most expensive pineapple was worth the four-year wait.

Ms Bradley helped cultivate the miniature fruit.

The 15.2cm pineapple, unveiled by The Lost Gardens of Heligan botanical gardens in Cornwall, southwestern England, was grown in complex Victorian conditions at a cost of £10,000 ($17,318).

"It's great to see the reward for barrowing the 30 tonnes of manure into the pits last winter," said Nicola Bradley, Heligan's productive gardens supervisor.

A greenhouse warmed by specially-transported horse manure created the heat and humidity required to grow the fruit at temperatures between 11C and 24C.

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The "Pineapple Pit" which is around 12.2m-long and 1.21m deep, relied on hay soaked in horse urine to act as a fertiliser.

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