new ZealandA couple near Hamilton accidentally dug up a huge potato and asked Guinness to identify it as the largest potato in the world.
The Associated Press reported on November 3 that Colin and Donna Craig-Brown were weeding the garden in August when Colin’s pickaxe hit a large object below the surface. The two knelt down and dug around it.
Colin wanted to know if it was an abnormally growing fungus or a giant egg mushroom. After ploughing off the top layer of soil, Colin cut a bit of the skin and tasted it, only to find that it was a potato.
“We can’t believe it. It’s huge,” Donna said.
The potato tubers are not smooth and look good. Donna described it as rough and mutated. They put the potatoes in the garage and put them on an old scale. It weighs 7.9 kg, which is equivalent to a few bags of ordinary potatoes or a puppy.
Potato tubers quickly became popular around their small farm near Hamilton. They named it Doug, and Colin even built a car to pull Doug.
“We put on him a hat, posted photos on Facebook, and took him for a walk and sunbathing. It’s all for a little fun. It’s great to bring joy to people,” Donna said.
When weighing at the local farm store, Doug weighed exactly 7.8 kg. According to the Guinness World Records, the heaviest potato was recorded in the UK in 2011, reaching nearly 5 kg. Colin and Donna have applied to Guinness and are waiting for a response.
Guinness has not yet responded to a request for comment.
Colin said they don’t have any gardening secrets. Usually they will sprinkle cow dung and straw in the garden to see what happens. They used to grow cucumbers before the overgrown weeds where they were found, but they never planted potatoes.
“This is a mystery to me,” Colin said. “One of the surprises and pleasures of nature”.
However, it is not easy to preserve potatoes. After being dug out, it gradually loses water, loses weight, becomes moldy, and has a peculiar smell. So Colin cleaned the potatoes and put them in the refrigerator.
Doug is still in the refrigerator, and Colin wants to ferment it to make vodka.
Xuan Le (follow Associated Press)