The South West England county of Cornwall has the mildest and one of the sunniest climates of the United Kingdom, as a result of its oceanic setting and the influence of the Gulf Stream. Still, it takes very much work to grow pineapples there, so it is not frequently done.
Nevertheless, growers from The Lost Gardens of Heligan plucked one of these fruits last week, anticipating that it will fetch a stunning $10,000 at auction. The fruit was produced over years by a 15-person team of tropical fruit farmers.
The pineapple has cost them £1,000 to grow after accounting for the labor hours spent caring for it, manure transportation expenses and maintenance. Despite the high price, the team was given a little slice of the fruit as compensation for their efforts.