New Zealand: Couple unearths 'mutant' potato which could be world's largest

WION Web Team
Wellington, New Zealand Published: Nov 05, 2021, 11:35 AM(IST)

Doug the 'ugly' potato Photograph:( Twitter )

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Colin and Donna Craig-Brown were digging their garden when they discovered the 'ugly' potato that weighed a remarkable 7.9 kgs or 17.4 pounds

A couple living in New Zealand have discovered a massive potato that resembles a mutant and could be the world's largest.

Colin and Donna Craig-Brown were digging their garden when they discovered the 'ugly' potato that weighed a remarkable 7.9 kgs or 17.4 pounds.

At first, they thought that it was some kind of strange fungal growth or a giant puffball but realised it was a potato when they tasted it.

''We couldn’t believe it,'' Donna said. ''It was just huge.''

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''It’s a mystery to me,'' Colin said. ''It’s one of nature’s little pleasant surprises.''

The duo even had to build a small cart to tow around Doug, which is quite possibly the largest potato on record.

It has become something of a celebrity around their small farm near Hamilton. 

''We put a hat on him. We put him on Facebook, taking him for a walk, giving him some sunshine,” Colin said. “It’s all a bit of fun. It’s amazing what entertains people.''

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People started asking the couple for secret gardening tips. They advised people to be spontaneous throw a bunch of cow manure and straw and see what happens

The current Guinness World Record for the world's largest potato is held by a monster from the UK that weighs below 5 kg. It won the record in 2011.

However, Doug the potato has started smelling badly as per Colin who says the reason behind it is a mystery to him.

He has cleaned the potato and put it in the freezer so that it doesn't spoil.

Colin, who is an amateur brewer, wants to turn Doug into a nice drop of potato vodka.

(With inputs from agencies)

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