Palm-sized mutant strawberries entered the Guinness Book of Records

(ORDO NEWS) — According to the Guinness Book of Records, the heaviest strawberry in the world was grown by Israeli farmer Chahi Ariel.

At 289 grams, the strawberry is about five times the average weight of a typical local Ilan berry. This was stated by Nir Dai, a researcher at the Israeli Volcani Institute, where this variety was developed and grown.

The strawberry was 18 centimeters long and 34 centimeters in circumference, according to the entry from the Guinness Book of Records.

Ariel began to believe that he would win himself a place in the record book after visiting his farm last year. Then he and his relatives were surprised at what big fruits grew on the family plot. Ariel was waiting for the confirmation of the record, and the giant strawberry lay in his freezer all this time.

“When my family and I heard that we broke the record … It’s an amazing feeling. I jumped in the car and laughed and sang,” recalls farmer Ariel, proudly displaying his certificate on his laptop. “We have been waiting for this for a long time.”

According to the record book website, unusually cold weather in early 2021 slowed the ripening process of strawberries, allowing them to continue to gain weight. The previous record was held by a Japanese farmer who grew a 250-gram strawberry in 2015.


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