Potato Of The Week (2)

In this blog I like to stamp on fake news and to consider the odd existentialist question. Rarely can I kill two birds with one stone, but here goes.

When is a potato not a potato is the sort of question that used to amuse students in late night bars in my day, but it seems that what Colin and Donne Craig-Brown dug up in their small farm in Ngahinapouri in the Waikato region of New Zealand was not a spud. Widely reported as the world’s largest potato, weighing in at 7.9 kilograms, it has been subjected to scientific analysis by the custodians of the Guinness World Records. It seems they have had their chips.

Despite the lump looking and tasting like a potato, DNA analysis has indicated that it really is a tuber of a gourd. On that basis the Craig-Brown’s claim to have smashed the record has been turned down, allowing Peter Glazebrook, a gardener from Hallam in Nottinghamshire to breathe a sigh of relief. His spud, which weighed 4.99 kilograms when it was unearthed in 2011, retains its crown.

The obvious question, of course, is what is the world’s heaviest gourd tuber and how Dug, the name given to the Kiwi potato, measures up against it. Answers on a postcard.

Bloodied but unbowed, the Craig-Browns are determined to pursue their quest to beat Glazebrook’s record. Gourd luck to them!

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