Mary Grams, an 84-year-old from Canada, was astonished to be reunited with her engagement ring she lost 13 years ago after it re-emerged with a misshapen vegetable growing through it.
Her daughter-in-law, Colleen Daley, pulled the carrot – with the ring around it – while collecting vegetables for dinner on the family’s farm in Alberta.
Mrs Grams had never told her husband Norman, who died five years ago, that she lost the ring while weeding more than a decade ago and had long given up hope of ever finding it.
She was left in disbelief when the treasured jewel, which she had replaced with a much smaller ring, reappeared.
Ms Daley admitted she had almost fed the strange-looking carrot to her dog before noticing the ring while washing the vegetables.
She told her husband, Mrs Grams’ son – who had known about the ring’s long disappearance, before the pair then revealed the news.
“I said we found your ring in the garden. She couldn’t believe it,” Ms Daley said.
“It was so weird that the carrot grew perfectly through that ring.”
A delighted Mrs Grams scrubbed the dirt off the ring before sliding it onto her finger as easily as the day her late husband had given it to her.
“I feel relieved and happy inside,” she said. “It grew into the carrot. I still can’t figure it out.”
The pensioner added: “We were giggling and laughing. It fit. After that many years it fits.”