Israeli farmer Chahi Ariel has grown the world’s heaviest strawberry, according to Guinness World Records.
At 289 grams (10 ounces), the strawberry weighed about five times the average weight of a regular berry of the local Ilan variety, said Nir Dai, a researcher at Israel’s Volcani Institute, where the variety was developed.
The strawberry was 7 inches (18 centimeters) long and 13 inches (34 centimeters) in circumference, according to the Guinness entry.
Ariel was hoping to find a winner when they saw how big the fruit grew on her family’s farm last year. She has been waiting for confirmation that it was a record while she kept the giant strawberry in the freezer for proof.
“When we found out, it was an incredible feeling. I jumped in the car and laughed and sang,” Ariel said, proudly displaying her certificate on a laptop. “We have been waiting for this for a long time.”
Unusually cold weather in early 2021 slowed down the strawberry’s ripening process, allowing it to continue to gain weight, according to the record book’s website.
The previous record was held by a Japanese farmer who discovered a 250-gram strawberry in his harvest in 2015.
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