Pineapple on her bed...

Joan Radford, of Burncross, with the pineapple plant grown in her spare bedroom.
Joan Radford, of Burncross, with the pineapple plant grown in her spare bedroom.
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There’s something a bit fruity going on in Joan Radford’s spare bedroom.

And Joan of Bevan Way, Burncross, Sheffield, has every right to be proud of it.

That’s because 71-year-old pensioner Joan has managed to grow a pineapple.

And that’s despite confessing she doesn’t exactly have green fingers.

“I’m not usually that good at growing stuff,” she said.

“But I saw the Flog It programme on TV when someone mentioned how difficult it is to grow pineapples in this country.

“So I thought I’d have a go at that.”

Joan bought a plant and put it in her spare room.

She then nurtured it and just, like Jack’s beanstalk, it started to grow.

And it grew and it grew.

Then in January she noticed her plant had started to fruit.

“I couldn’t believe it” she said. “I told the people at the Botanical Gardens about it and they told me it was very rare for a pineapple plant to fruit.

“But mine has and it kept on growing. And now it is as big as grapefruit.”

Joan is now waiting for home-grown pineapple to ripen.

And what does she plan to do with? “Can’t make my mind up whether to serve it up with a slice of gammon or use it to make something a little more exotic,” she said.