The following breaking watermelon news from the land Down Under crossed my e-mail in-box, and it’s proof that records are meant to be broken (or, in this case, destroyed). An Australian farmer has produced not just one, but apparently dozens of watermelons that have eclipsed the world record for the largest watermelon ever grown, with the biggest of the bunch weighing in at a whopping 847 pounds! Below is a photo of the farmer’s eye-popping creation, which he plans to auction off to purchase a new tractor.
The farmer has reportedly grown record-breaking watermelons each year for the past decade on his modest 220-acre ranch on the Australian island state of Tasmania. For years, he chose not to announce his historic bounty because he “doesn’t like all the attention” and he was never quite sure how much the watermelons weighed because he was never able to place them on a scale – until now.
Agricultural experts credit Tasmania’s rainy climate and a warmer-than-average summer (which runs from December through February), for producing the giant watermelons. The record-breaking farmer admits to using a secret fertilizer blend he calls “Kanagaroo Power” to help spur the growth. He declined to comment specifically on the blend, but did indicate that it’s a family recipe created by his grandfather in the 1950’s to grow grass on soccer fields in driest regions of the Australian outback.
UPDATE: If this seems too good to be true, you might be right. Check out my follow-up entry for the real story behind this monster from Down Under.