World's heaviest avocado sets record, makes a boatload of guac
Gael Fashingbauer Cooper
CNET freelancer Gael Fashingbauer Cooper, a journalist and pop-culture junkie, is co-author of "Whatever Happened to Pudding Pops? The Lost Toys, Tastes and Trends of the '70s and '80s," as well as "The Totally Sweet '90s." If Marathon candy bars ever come back, she'll be first in line.
Mark, Juliane and Loihi Pokini of Kahului grew the giant avocado. They applied for the record in December 2018, but only recently learned their record was approved.
"When the Pokinis' avocado tree started unexpectedly producing large fruit, they decided to attempt the Guinness World Records title to show everyone that Hawaii produces amazing avocados," the Guinness Book of World Records site reports. The site says the average avocado weighs just 6 ounces.
The family had to provide all kinds of verification, including confirmation from a certified horticulturalist, two witnesses, use of a state-certified scale, pictures, video and other documentation, according to Maui News.
But don't expect to see the avocado in a museum. It gave its life for the cause.
"We cut it open and made a whole bunch of guacamole, sharing with family and friends," Juliane Pokini told the paper. "It fed a lot of people."
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