In 2011 Peter Glazebrook, a gardener from Hallam, near Newark in Nottinghamshire, grew a potato that tipped the scales at a whopping 4.99 kilograms, or just under eleven pounds in old money, making it the world’s heaviest and a place in Guinness World Records. However, his claim to fame is under serious threat from a whopper from New Zealand.
Colin and Donna Craig-Brown from Ngahinapouri in the Waikato region of the country discovered an enormous tuber growing in their garden, when they were preparing it for spring planting. Dubbed Doug, the spud tipped the scales at a gargantuan 7.9 kilograms or 17.4 pounds. They are awaiting official verification from the folk at Guinness World Records that it is the world’s heaviest.
They had better act quickly as, stored in a freezer, it has already lost a kilo. If it doesn’t get the record, at least it will keep them in chips for a few weeks.