great veggie: huge New Zealand potato weighing 7.9kg could claim world …

A giant 7.9kg potato found in a New Zealand associate’s overgrown garden may set a new world record for the largest of its kind ever to be discovered.

Colin and Donna Craig-Brown’s were doing a identify of weeding in their Hamilton back yard, when Colin’s hoe hit something below the ground.

“So I said to Donna this must be one of those white kūmara (sweet potato) that we grew,” he told Stuff, “because some of them just grew enormous here.”

Colin Craig-Browns takes his potato, Doug, for a walk in his garden in Hamilton, New Zealand.
Colin Craig-Browns takes his potato, Doug, for a walk. Photograph: AP

He tasted it, discovered it was potato and set about excavating it from the soil.

The bulbous tuber weighs the same as an additional-large turkey and would go beyond the allowance for check-in luggage. The associate named their new discovery Doug, and have grown pretty fond of him.

“We put a hat on him. We put him on Facebook, taking him for a walk, giving him some sunshine,” Colin told the NZ Herald. “It’s all a bit of fun. It’s amazing what entertains people.”

The current Guinness world records entry for the heaviest potato is a 2011 specimen found in Britain, that weighed in at just under 5kg. The associate say they’ve applied to Guinness to have Doug recognised and are waiting to hear back.

The associate could not ingemination when they last planted potatoes in their garden, but guessed it must have been about two or three years ago. Colin thinks perhaps Doug self-seeded.

“It’s a mystery to me,” Colin said. “It’s one of character’s little pleasant surprises.”

“It’s fair to say our veggie garden can sometimes get a bit wild. There are some parts of the garden you need to pack a lunch and advise your next of kin before heading in to,” he told Stuff.

The associate have wrapped Doug in plastic-bags to keep him from drying out, and Colin, an amateur brewer, says he is now keen to turn the oversized tuber into vodka.

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