We all know that vegetables are among the healthiest foods on the planet. They're relatively inexpensive compared to other types of food which is why the thought of gigantic vegetables is particularly enticing to me - more food at a low cost. Plus, it's just really cool to see a gigantic vegetable!
Here are ten of them that are particularly impressive.
One of the most well-known giant vegetables is pumpkins. They are often entered into local vegetable contests and quite often come up as the winner. In fact, a Belgian farmer named Mathias Willemijns holds the Guinness World Record for growing the heaviest pumpkin in the world - 2,624.6 pounds!
Carrots are lightweight, so knowing that the world record for the heaviest carrot grown is over 22 pounds gives you an idea of how large it must be. The longest carrot grew to a whopping 20.5 feet long! Knowing this makes it obvious that if you're going to grow giant carrots, you need a really large garden.
I'll admit that beets aren't the most popular vegetable, but giant beets are still thoroughly impressive. Joe Atherton of the UK holds the world record for the longest beetroot (he holds several world records for giant vegetables). He grew it to over 28 feet long.
There is a reason that the person who holds the world record for the largest cabbage is a farmer from Alaska. The state is known to produce giant cabbages regularly due to the immense amount of sunlight the vegetables are exposed to.
Scott Rob of Palmer, Alaska holds the record for growing a 138.25 pound cabbage in 2012. When asked about his secret to growing giant cabbages, he commented, " Under our long summer days, it really doesn't get dark, there's just kind of a twilight. So the cabbages never really shut down, they just kind of continue to lumber along and grow."
There are a lot of giant onion species. The Kelsae Sweet Giant Onions hold the world record for growing to the largest onion at 33 inches in diameter. In fact, this is the species that Tony Glover grew when he achieved the Guinness World Record for heaviest onion in the world at over 18 pounds.
The largest bell pepper species in the world is known as Big Bertha. While it may not be as huge as some of the other vegetables on this list, it's enormous for a bell pepper. It can grow up to 7 inches in length and can weigh up to 12 pounds.
Corn is one of the world's most used and most abundant crop. The world record for the largest corn cob goes to Jesús Nazario Elías Moctezuma of Mexico. He grew corn to 15.56 inches (39.5 cm).
Keep in mind that this isn't the longest corn cob in the world, but the largest. The longest could grow up to 60 cm long.
Cucumbers are long vegetables so it's no surprise that the world record is measured by length. The official Guinness World Record for the longest cucumber is 42.13 inches, grown by Peter Glazebrook from Wales.
However, Raghbir Singh Sanghera, another farmer from the UK, grew a cucumber longer than this. It was 51 inches but couldn't be officially listed as the record-breaker because the species was unknown and thought to be one that wasn't recognized by Guinness World Records.
Mr. Glazebrook commented on the vegetable, "We have seen these presented before at giant veg shows only to be rejected. However, it is a fine specimen of its type, and he has done well."
Parsnip is generally a short vegetable. However, Joe Atherton grew one that was over 21 feet long! The previous record was held by the same guy who holds the cucumber record, Peter Glazebrook.
Seeing a giant vegetable with your own eyes can leave you in awe. That amazement never ceases because farmers continue to try to break these records with even larger vegetables. I'm sure that the world will be seeing some unbelievable vegetables in the near future.