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Giant Vegetables and Fruit Records

As any gardener knows, a zucchini grows fast and furious. Left un-harvested, it can grow a couple of feet long and many pounds in weight. Other fruits and vegetables can grow pretty large, too. As a matter of fact, there are a large number of hobby gardeners, who grow fruits and vegetables, not for eating, but for the size and weight. To go after a record, there are two things you need to do. First, learn all you can about how to grow giant vegetables. Second, seek giant vegetable seeds with great genetics. They are usually not available in stores. Rather, get to know other competitive growers. Often, they will give you seeds upon request. 

Among the world of giant fruits and vegetables, the best known are giant pumpkins. At annual fall weigh-offs all over the world, growers seek to produce the biggest pumpkin ever grown. And, it’s an exciting time, as giant pumpkin growers have broken the world record on an almost annual basis for the past 20 years. These giant pumpkin growers now have their sights set on producing a one-ton pumpkin. They are getting closer every year.

Will You Break the Record for Giant Vegetables or Fruit?

Gardeners seek to break the world record on many other vegetables, fruit, and plants. Here are just some of them:

  • Giant Squash

  • Tallest Sunflower

  • Biggest Tomato

  • Long Gourds

  • Giant Cantaloupe

  • Largest Cabbage

  • Giant Peppers

  • This list goes on, and on, and……

Just how big can your favorite vegetable grow you ask? You may be surprised. Listed below are some of the giant weights we have found. Some of them are even world records. If you know of any large fruits and vegetables, or new records, please send us a note so we can share it with others.

World Records for Giant Vegetables and Fruit

Cabbage127.9 lbs.Steve Hubacek
Cantaloupe39 lbs.Darin DeGraw
Long Gourd149.5 inchesAl Eaton, measured at the Bracebridge Agriculture Society Fall Fair/Horse Show. (2015)
Potato18 lbs., 4oz. 
Giant Pumpkins2702 lbs.Stefano Cutrupi, Bordighera, Italy
Field Pumpkin211 lbs. John MacKinnon weighed at the West Hants Pumpkin Festival in Windsor, Nova Scotia.
Tomatoes8.41 lbs.Dan MacCoy (2014)
Giant Squash2,118 lbs. Joe Jutras weighed this giant, green squash at the Frerichs Farm Weigh-Off in Providence, R.I. on October 7, 2017.
Rutabaga75.75 lbs.Scott Robb
Sunflower, Biggest Head32 1/4 inches in diameterGrown by Emily Martin in Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada in 1983.
Sunflower, Tallest30 ft. 1 inch tall30 feet 1 inch by German Hans-Peter Schiffer in 2014
Watermelon350.5 lbsGrown by Chris Kent from Sevierville, Tennessee. It was weighed at the SOGPG GPC weigh-off in Hamilton, Ohio on October 4, 2013. 
Zucchini, Weight65 pounds 
Zucchini, Longest69.5 inches

The World’s Largest onion weighed 18 pounds 11.84 ounces. It was grown by Tony Glover of the United Kingdom. It was officially weighed on September 12, 2014.


Garden Tip: As noted above, other giant vegetable growers are a great source for giant vegetable seeds with good genetics.  Fall festivals and weigh-offs are the best places to meet them.

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