A fruit produced in the Lost Gardens of Heligan in Cornwall, England, may just be the most expensive pineapple in the world.
The gardeners at Heligan, who began restoration of the derelict gardens in 1990, first purchased fruits for the Pineapple Pit in 1994. Utilizing the same techniques used 70 years ago, during Heligan’s heyday, Heligan’s Productive Gardening Team produced a miniature pineapple that was, according to the gardeners, “the most delicious pineapple flavour ever tasted.”
The “hotbed” technique used in the Pineapple Pit involves heating 30 tons of straw and horse manure through glass. The team was lucky enough to locate the proper mixture of straw and horse manure at a stable near Falmouth, about an hour from the gardens.
While the price of a modern day Heligan pineapple is yet to be announced, the original Heligan pineapples are estimated to have cost the Victorian equivalent of $15,000 to produce.
After the first fruit was tested by Heligan’s gardeners, the second was delivered, by hand, to the Queen.