The Guinness World record keepers were recently called into a farm in Fukuoka, Japan to witness the discovery of what would become the world’s largest strawberry.
‘Strawberry’ in Japanese is ‘ichigo’.
The World’s largest strawberry weighs in at 250 g with an approximate height of 8 cm, length of 12 cm and circumference of 25 to 30 cm.
Mr. Nakao, the farmer who discovered the world’s largest strawberry in his farm wanted his daughter to be the first person to taste the strawberry – which she did whilst commenting in the video below, she proclaims the fruit to be “oishii,” which means “it’s delicious”.
The unusual fruit has found fame on Japanese television, a Japanese variety show called Amaou, now holds the Guinness World Record title for heaviest strawberry. Perhaps most impressive of all is the fact that the fruit has broken a long standing record held for over 30 years. The previous record holding strawberry weighed 231 g and was grown by G. Andersen of Folkstone, Kent, UK in 1983.
Mutations in the fruit can occur for a variety of reasons. In this case, multiple berries have grown and fused together to form one single large strawberry. A similar natural phenomena can occur in giant sized tomatoes, resulting from a mutated blossom that growers refer to as a mega-bloom.