(Scroll down for video) A pineapple grown in horse manure might not sound very appetizing, but garden supervisor Nicola Bradley, claims that the pineapple is so sweet and delicious that it is worth tasting.
“Back in the old times they were an incredibly exotic crop and a huge status symbol. It was a luxury item, which only the rich could afford. Some people would rent a pineapple to have at their dinner table to pretend that they were rich,” Bradley said.
The pineapple was grown in horse manure and watered with horse urine. It is now the world’s most expensive fruit.
The luxury crop was grown in Cornwall’s Lost Gardens of Heligan, and there were only eight pineapples grown at a cost of about $1,700 each. Now the first pineapple is ready to eat.
Anyone who wants to buy the $16,000 pineapple, will be disappointed as the staff are planning to keep the first special fruit for themselves.
"The staff gets to taste the fruits as a token of appreciation for their hard work," spokesperson James Stephens said.
In their struggle to get good horse manure they had to use electric heaters. It can take up to two years to grow each pineapple therefore the price is so high.