World’s Biggest Strawberry Grown in Japan

This relatively giant strawberry grown in Japan is now the world’s biggest mutated strawberry ever grown. The weight record was held for 32 years. Farmer Mr. Koji Nakao from Fukuoka, Japan contacted Guinness World Records when he found an strange and large strawberry during harvest.

biggest strawberryPhoto credit: Guinness World Records

At a weight of 250 g and at an approximate height of 8 cm, length of 12 cm and circumference of 25 to 30 cm, the strawberry shown above is currently the largest and heaviest one ever recorded. The previous record holding strawberry weighed 231 g and was grown by G. Andersen from the UK in 1983.

Mr. Nakao wanted his daughter to be the first person to taste the strawberry – which she did with enthusiasm. Commenting in the video below, she proclaims the fruit to be “oishii,” which means “it’s delicious”.

heaviest-strawberry

Mutations can occur for a variety of reasons, for example, when frost damage affects to the flowers of the strawberry plant. 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.

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