This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V22", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
The Pine-apples of nature, as we get them in our markets are pigmies in comparison with the work of a skilled English gardener. The Journal of Horticulture says: "A correspondent desires to know the weight of the heaviest Pine-Apple that has been grown in this country, with the name of the grower and the variety. We remember Mr. Fleming of Trentham exhibiting in the Eegent street rooms of the Horticultural Society a fruit of Providence weighing 14 lbs., and one of the Ripley Queen 7 lbs. 10 ozs. He afterwards cut a fruit of the Queen weighing 8 lbs. 11 ozs. We do not name them as the heaviest fruits recorded, but they are worthy of mention, and we shall be glad if any of our readers can give particulars of heavier fruits. As an instance of successful Pine culture it is recorded that a Mr. Baldwin, who was gardener to the Marquis of Hertford at Bagley, cut thirty-six fruits of Providence in 1822, which weighed 280 lbs. 4 ozs., the largest fruit being 11 lbs. 8 ozs. Mr. Bailey of Sharde-loes has, we believe, also grown fruit of about the same weight".