Saturday, July 18, 2009

World's Largest Zucchini


8 Pounds and 20 Inches Long


I just spotted the monster above hidden away in my garden yesterday. OK, maybe there are bigger zucchinis, but I have never seen one. It is also bigger than several others I have seen that people had affectionately named "world's largest zucchini." I did read that the actual world record is 69.5 inches long, and that the record weight is 65 pounds. However I have yet to find a picture of one bigger than the one I pulled out of my garden.

Had I spotted this one earlier, I would have picked it before it got so large. In hindsight, since it was already so large maybe I should have let it keep growing to see how big it would get. It wouldn't have been edible, but I don't know how large they can actually grow. As it stands, it weighed 8 pounds and was 20 inches long.

My carrots were getting out of control, so I pulled up the rest of them. The ones that had gone to seed were no good, as their interiors had become the consistency of wood. I also learned a lesson about thinning them out. All of the carrots below were planted at the same time, and some were 10 times the size of others. Those that had room to grow were a foot long or so. The ones that were crowded were only an inch long. As you can see from the picture below, I also got everything in between. Oh, and you can see a bit of my zucchini (not the one pictured above), some yellow squash, and a little okra.


Some of My Harvest


And this is what the garden looks like now, with my dogs looking on in the background.


My Garden and My Miniature Schnauzers


It got so hot so quickly that I have pulled only one tomato out of the garden, and that one had been nibbled on by bugs. Right now I think it is just too hot. It has been consistently over 100 degrees. Overall I am pretty pleased with the harvest, though. I looked as this year as a learning experience for North Texas. Now I will have to go through this again, as next month I will be moving to the Big Island of Hawaii.

11 comments:

  1. Nice zuke. You gotta watch those guys -- zucchini are sneaky. We've grown a couple of really enormous ones in years past -- maybe even bigger than yours -- but I don't have photos handy alas.

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  2. Best wishes on your move to the Big Island. We lived for four years on Maui. It became home of our hearts and we've loved to move back. And best wishes too on your new adventure of gardening in Hawaii.

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  3. Not even close. Check this site:
    http://denver.yourhub.com/Arvada/Stories/Home-Garden/Story~350140.aspx

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  4. I can just imagine how you felt when you saw yours. We just pulled the biggest one I've ever seen out of our garden today. It was 20 1/2 inches long and 9-1/2 pounds. It's like a big newborn baby. We're planning to stuff ours and make a zucchini boat tomorrow.

    Ours was grown in Michigan, where we've had a cooler and wetter than normal summer

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  5. Awesome Zucchini !! I just got a 5 1/4 lb one out of my garden, and I thought THAT was a monster !!! Wow

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  6. I just spotted one zuki in my garden that 15 inch long, 4.5 inch dia at the fattest end. It has a sibling about the same length but about 3 inch at max dia.

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  7. Great job on your zucchini! I was surprised the other day and found a 9.75 pound, 17 inch zucchini in my garden...I don't know how I missed it. I'm reporting out of Quincy, Washington where the the heat and sunshine held off until mid-July.

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  8. I just picked out our biggest Zucchini today! It is also 20 inches long too..and it was measured between 7 to 8 pounds also! I have a picture, I posted it on my facebook actually...

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  9. Not bad at ALL.. I was equally amazed to see after about 1 week of rain that three plants that normally grew 3 inch zucchini's had grown monsters. After leaving for 2 weeks I have pick one and it came in at 11.3 pounds and 18.5 inches. We live in Sydney Australia and what was weird was that the 3 inch norms were still growing on the same plant along side the monsters.. How funny nature is.. The last surprise was that it actually tasted great...!!!!!!

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  10. my grandma, had planted some and i swear their a a foot and half long. ! i should take pictures, they have been really big for her this year and we live in Saskatchewan.

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  11. i grew a zucchini 70cm long and 12.5 kg in weight. Ive just planted this years crop from the seeds so hopefully they will become bigger. BTW the record is somewhere around 30kg plus.

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