Thursday 27 July 2017

Giant red cabbage weighs in as 51lbs world record breaker

David Thomas has become a world record breaker at the National Giant Vegetable Championships, with his massive 23 kg cabbage.
David Thomas has become a world record breaker at the National Giant Vegetable Championships, with his massive 23 kg cabbage.

A vegetable grower's massive red cabbage is not to be scoffed at - after his 23kg monster became a record breaker.

David Thomas presented the 51.1lbs vegetable at this year's National Giant Vegetable Championships.

It was one of four world records claimed to have been set at the event, which took place at this weekend's Malvern Autumn Show in Worcestershire.

Mr Thomas, from Leedstown in Cornwall, said growing the giant veg had meant countless hours of work.

He said: "There's no big secret to growing giant veg. You just need the right seeds to start with, plenty of room, good soil and a bit of luck."

"I couldn't be happier, it makes all the work even more worthwhile when you're awarded a world record.

"I can't wait to get cracking on next year's crop and see what that might bring."

The previous world record breaking cabbage, set in 1925 by Mr R Straw of Derbyshire, weighed in at 19.05kg (42lbs).

Official UK National Giant Vegetables Championship judge, Martyn Davis, said: "We are delighted to confirm that David Thomas has broken the previous world record for the world's heaviest red cabbage by almost 10lbs."

Other records said to have been set at the event included a 6.245 metre long carrot, a 7.9 metre beetroot and a 5.023 metre parsnip.

None of the records have yet been verified by Guinness World Records.

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