2019 Was the Year of Giant Avocados, Apparently
Guinness World Records certified the largest avocado, but an unofficial claim insists they had that record beat.
A lot happened in 2019: Chicken sandwiches, Games of Thrones and Starbucks Cups, and drinking wine out of a Pringles can. But avocados had a big year as well—literally. As in, we saw some of the largest avocados on record. Does that mean that avocados are rapidly growing in size in a plot to take over the world à la Attack of the Killer Tomatoes? Actually, it turns out most of the avocado-related attacks this past year were self-inflicted. Still, that doesn't mean you shouldn't keep a watchful eye on avocados in 2020.
Back in October, the biggest avocado story on record broke: Guinness World Records announced a new inductee for the title of "heaviest avocado"—a 5-pound, 9.6-ounce monster grown by the Pokini family in Kula, Hawaii. However, if you don't believe that Guinness World Records should be the sole arbiter of avocado heaviness, Insider says that this January, another family in Hawaii laid an unofficial claim for the heavyweight avocado belt with an "at least 6-pound" fruit. (Wait, how much avocado is too much?)
"We contacted Guinness," Joy McElroy, who had been gifted the avocado, told Big Island Video News. "The problem is they have to have someone to authenticate [the record], which takes 12 weeks. Well, this baby isn't going to last 12 weeks, so that's why we called the news. This is newsworthy!" (Related: Longer-Lasting Avocados Are Coming to Kroger Stores)
And weight wasn't the only avocado anomaly that made headlines this year. In August, a Florida-based grower went viral for its three-foot-long "long neck" avocados. Though Miami Fruit, the company behind the viral images, apparently didn't have Guinness World Records in mind for these atypically lengthy avocados, they may have come close to breaking records for just how much social media attention a photo of an avocado can get after the image generated thousands of likes and comments as far away as Australia.
Meanwhile, now that avocado sizes have proved to be headline-worthy, don't be surprised if the battle for biggest avocado continues into next year. As Mark Pokini told the Maui News after his Guinness certification, "This December, we're going to be watching… I'm still going to be watching the tree."
This story originally appeared on FoodandWine.com by Mike Pomranz.