If records were meant to be broken, then watermelons will be grown to break them. The latest heavyweight champion of the watermelon variety comes from Sevier County, Tennessee, and weighs in at a whopping 291 pounds. The monster “Carolina Cross” melon shattered the previous record of 268 pounds held by a watermelon from Arkansas.
The last item on our list is the 7.7 kg onion grown by Peter Glazebrook of the UK, who earned this world record in September 2011. Glazebrook has broken ten world records in his 30 years of growing his own veggies and looked delighted with his prize. Look how he’s holding it. He seems to love that onion almost as much as we love Bob!
World’s Largest Bananas
Who is the real Top Banana? Meet the Rhino Horn Plantain, a banana cultivar originating in Africa that bears fruit up to 2 feet (60cm) long – though average specimens range from 12 to 14 inches (about 32cm). Don’t be put off by the “plantain” thing, these jumbo specimens taste great raw or fried. Trouble is, the kids are gonna need MUCH bigger lunchboxes to hold ’em.
Grown in Rhode Island, the world’s biggest pumpkin was shown at the Topsfield Fair of Massachusetts in 2007, weighing 1689 lbs.
We hope Lebanese farmer Khalil Semhat liked sweet potatoes. He grew one weighing 11.3 setting a record for the world’s largest potato. Afterwards, he could be heard asking all his friends, “Would you like fries with that?”
Orange you glad somebody’s trying to make oranges bigger? Sure you are, and that certain someone happens to be Huang Ah-Hsien of Taiwan’s Agricultural Research Institute. Huang’s not known as the “God of Citrus” for nothing: in his 20-year career at the Institute, he’s created 170 new types of citrus fruits. He’s hit the motherlode, however, with the mother of all oranges – the King Orange that’s as big as your face and weighs about a pound & a third (0.6 kg) each.