TOKYO —Everyone loves strawberries, right? Not only are they pretty hard to beat on the deliciousness scale, but they have the ability to ward off allergy symptoms and can even occasionally taste like peaches. Not bad for a little red fruit – or big red fruit if we’re talking about the Guinness World Record-breaking strawberry recently harvested in Fukuoka.
The strawberry in question is so heavy that it shattered a 32-year-old record for the world’s heaviest strawberry previously held by a whopper of a berry grown by G. Anderson of Folktone, Kent in the UK. Anderson’s prize berry was a massive 231 grams, but Fukuoka farmer Koji Nakao’s record-setting berry was 250 grams.
The key to the colossal berry is a growth deformity brought on by a response to frost damage, causing several berries to fuse together and create one monster-berry.
The misshapen strawberry is a whopping eight centimeters tall, 12 centimeters long and has a circumference between 25-30 centimeters.
The Fukuoka Amaou variety of strawberries are known nationwide for their large size and their sweet delectableness. So, how does this giant Aamaou taste? According to Nakao’s teenage daughter, the lucky girl who got to have the first bite, it was “oishii” (delicious)!