Doug the ugly New Zealand potato could be world’s biggest | Agriculture


WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Colin and Donna Craig-Brown have been weeding their backyard in New Zealand when Colin’s hoe struck one thing enormous simply beneath the soil’s floor.

As the couple knelt down and started digging round the object, Colin puzzled if it was some sort of unusual fungal progress, a large puffball. After Colin pried it out along with his backyard fork, he scratched away a little bit of the pores and skin and tasted it.

“We couldn’t believe it,” Donna said. “It was just huge.”

And not precisely fairly. Donna describes its look as extra of an ugly, mutant look.

But it is fairly probably the largest potato on report. When the couple lugged it into their storage and put it on their outdated set of scales, it weighed in at a outstanding 7.9 kilograms (17.4 kilos). That’s equal to a few sacks of normal potatoes, or one small canine.

In the weeks since their uncommon discover on Aug. 30, the couple’s potato has grow to be one thing of a celeb round their small farm close to Hamilton. They’ve named the potato Doug, after the method it was unearthed, and Colin even constructed a small cart to tow Doug round.

“We put a hat on him. We put him on Facebook, taking him for a walk, giving him some sunshine,” Colin stated. “It’s all a bit of fun. It’s amazing what entertains people.”

A more official weigh-in at a local farming store put Doug at 7.8 kg. The Guinness World Records entry for the heaviest potato is a 2011 monster from Britain that weighed in at just under 5 kg. The couple say they’ve applied to Guinness to have Doug recognized and are waiting to hear back.

Guinness said it couldn’t share information on the application and that the British potato remained the record-holder, for now at least.

Colin said he doesn’t have any secret gardening tips. Usually they throw a bunch of cow manure and straw onto their garden and see what happens. He said they’d been growing cucumbers in that area of their garden before the weeds took over and hadn’t planted any potatoes. Doug must have been self-sown, and quite possibly growing for a couple of years or more.

“It’s a mystery to me,” Colin stated. “It’s one of nature’s little pleasant surprises.”

But Doug hasn’t proved an easy charge to look after. As the couple showed the potato off, it began drying out and losing weight. Mold started growing from its wounds.

“He was getting a bit pongy,” stated Colin, referring to the potato’s scent.

So Colin cleaned up Doug as finest he could and put the potato in the freezer, the place it stays.

But Colin could not be performed with Doug but. An novice brewer, Colin stated he is eager to show Doug into a pleasant drop of potato vodka.

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