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More world record vegetables

Garden News of 27 September 2011 devoted much space to┬áchampion vegetables, and provided a photograph of Ian Neale with the world’s biggest (and probably ugliest) swede [Brassica napus ssp. rapifera]: ‘Ian started his seed the beginning of March and transplanted to his polythene tunnel at the end of March, then 26 weeks later, a record breaker was harvested’.
Also, at the Harrogate Autumn Flower Show, veteran grower Peter Glazebrook produced a world-breaking onion [Allium sativum], weighing 17lb 15.5oz: ‘The onion was grown in a 150 litre pot of John Innes No. 3 compost in the centre of a polytunnel’.
A second article on the Harrogate show provided some bizarre comparisons:
The heaviest cabbage (Brassica oleracea) was the same weight as an average boxer dog
The longest cucumber (Cucumis sativus) was slightly longer than the 2012 Olympic torch
The heaviest potato (Solanum tuberosum) weighed more than Elvis Presley at birth
The heaviest marrow (Cucurbita pepo) was about the same weight as Victoria Beckham,
etc.

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