New Zealand, Australia

They thought they found the world’s largest potato. A DNA test proved otherwise

Dug may not be the world’s largest potato, but it’s still pretty spudtacular. As Ev Richard reports for Verve Times, when New Zealand couple Colin and Donna Craig-Brown first discovered the gigantic vegetable in their garden last August, they knew they had something special on their hands.

Dug is named for how the two of them unearthed it – you guessed it, by digging. After pulling out the monstrous vegetable, Colin was “gobsmacked” at the size – 7.9kg (17.4 pounds), to be exact.

They decided to submit Dug to Guinness World Records, and seven months and one DNA test later, they received some depressing news.

“Sadly the specimen is not a potato and is in fact the tuber of a type of gourd. For this reason we do unfortunately have to disqualify the application,” a Guinness World Records spokesperson told the couple via email.

The current potato record-holder is Peter Glazebrook, a United Kingdom resident who grew a spud weighing 4.98kg (11 pounds) in 2011.

Source: Verve Times. Read the full story here
Photo: Credit: Colin Craig-Brown/AP

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