World's biggest potato.

Saturday, 4 September 2010

Peter Glazebrook has boldly gone where few men have gone before - into the record books for the world's biggest potato.
The amateur gardener pulled up the giant spud - weighing a whopping 8lbs 4oz - and found it bore an uncanny resemblance to Star Trek's Enterprise spaceship.
The potato, which was unveiled today at the National Gardening Show in Shepton Mallet, Somerset, weighs 9oz more than the previous record holder.


Mr Glazebrook, 66, is now awaiting verification from the Guinness Book of World Records.
He said: 'The secret to success is starting with the right seed.

'It's learning how to grow them and putting a lot of effort in and picking up tips from other growers and reading what you can about it.'

The retired chartered surveyor, from Northampton, has previously hit the headlines for his over-sized veg.

He previously held the world record for the longest carrot, after producing a 17ft long monster.

Mr Glazebrook has also been the double Guinness World Record holder for the heaviest parsnip, at 13lb, and the longest beetroot at 21ft.

The success followed last month's astonishing feat of growing by Maria Desimone who produced a 5ft 6in courgette in her garden vegetable patch.

The mother-of-two, from Cambridge, said it was her first attempt at growing courgettes and added: 'They were outside in all sorts of weather. This one just kept on getting bigger.'

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