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Enormous potato unearthed and it's the most glorious thing

Forget Mutant Ninja Turtles, it's time for Giant Mutant Spuds!

Colin and Donna Craig-Brown were weeding their garden in New Zealand when Colin's hoe struck something huge just beneath the soil's surface.

As the couple knelt down and began digging around the object, Colin wondered if it was some kind of strange fungal growth.

After Colin pried it out with his garden fork, he scratched away a bit of the skin and tasted it.

A potato.


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

And not exactly pretty. Donna describes its appearance as more of an ugly, mutant look.

But it's quite possibly the largest potato on record. When the couple lugged it into their garage and put it on their old set of scales, it weighed in at a remarkable 7.9 kilograms.

That's equal to a couple of sacks of regular potatoes, or one small dog.


In the weeks since their unusual find on August 30, the couple's potato has become something of a celebrity around their small farm near Hamilton.

They've named the potato Doug, after the way it was unearthed, and Colin even built a small cart to tow Doug around.

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

A more official weigh-in at a local farming store put Doug at 7.8kg.

The current Guinness World Records entry for the heaviest potato is a 2011 monster from Britain that weighed in at just under 5kg.

The couple say they've applied to Guinness to have Doug recognised and are waiting to hear back.

Guinness didn't immediately reply to a request for an update on the application.


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Image Credit: Donna Craig-Brown via AP