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World record onion

According to Garden News of 25 September 2012 68-year-old Peter Glazebrook of Newark, Nottinghamshire, exhibited a world record-breaking 8.3kg (18lb 1oz) onion (Allium sativum) at the Harrogate Autumn Flowershow’s Giant Vegetable Competition, and won first prizes in six other categories. His cabbage (Brassica oleracea) weighed 37kg (81lb 6oz), his marrow (Cucurbita pepo) 54kg (119lb 12oz), and he also produced the heaviest potato (Solanum tuberosum), heaviest tomato (Solanum lycopersicum), longest runner bean (Phaseolus coccineus) and longest cucumber (Cucumis sativus).
Mr Glazebrook holds the world record for the longest beetroot (Beta vulgaris ssp. vulgaris) and heaviest parsnip (Pastinaca sativa), and earlier in September won the world’s longest parsnip award at the National Giant Vegetables Championship.
As usual, Garden News provides a number of bizarre comparisons:
‘The mighty marrow, which weighs roughly the same as Kate Middleton, would need about 40kg (88lb) of mince to make a huge stuffed marrow, with 5.9kg (13lb) of cheese to top it.’

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