A chap called Ian Neale (70) has been in the news this week for having grown the biggest swede ever in the universe on earth as it is in heaven. That’s his prize veg in the pic above. I thought to myself, as you do, wouldn’t it be lovely to see a collection of photos of monster vegetables all in one place. So I set about my work creating one for us all to share.
Ian’s swede clocked in at 43.6kg (6st 12lb). He also grows other massive vegetables and was invited back stage with Snoop Dogg (or Snoop Lion as he’s known nowadays) to trade growing tips. I’m pretty sure Snoop’s crops were a little bit jazzier than Ian’s but I guess the principal’s the same. Ian’s pushing for recognition of the dedication it takes to grow large veg, he’s pushing for knighthoods apparently. Good luck.
The monster below, grown by Peter Glazebrook, won the Giant Marrow Class in the Harrogate Autumn Flower Show 2012. And rightly so. Weightlifter Jonathon Walker is pictured holding up the 119lbs 12oz (54.3kg) leviathan. Not too sure what a weight lifter was doing at a flower show though? I don’t know what a marrow was doing at a flower show either?
This Peter Glazebrook character does not limit himself to marrows, oh no, he’s a multi-veg kind of guy. Here he is with an onion that weighs 18lbs 1oz (8.16kg) and below that he’s taking a stroll with a 81lb 6oz (36.74kg) cabbage. What a dude.
Below we have Steve Daletas with his world record breaking pumpkin which tips the scales at well over 1300 pounds. Doooosh. Now that’s a pumpkin folks. It’s a shame pumpkins don’t really taste of anything and are pretty rank. It would make an awesome Halloween lantern though. You could crawl inside it, but if it collapsed you would probably be crushed to death. So you’re better off just enjoying it from afar.
The pictures I will leave you with are of a nice old chap called Gordon Spence who accidentally grew a 21 inch cucumber. Compared to the other photos here today it certainly isn’t the most extreme example of gigantism. It’s more his facial expression that does it for me. All rise for good old Gordon from Brentwood:
But it pales into insignificance when you see the world record holder Akele Hi’s massive effort. His face is nowhere near as ‘Carry on camping’ though is it?