Heaviest onion: Peter Glazebrook sets world record (HD Video) Harrogate, England -- Retired building surveyor Peter Glazebrook, 67, who lives near Newark, is the proud grower of a 17lb 15.5oz (8.150kg) onion which sets
the new world record for the heaviest onion, at The Harrogate Autumn Flower Show, according to World Record Academy (www.worldrecordacademy.com).
Photo: The World's heaviest onion was grown by Peter Glazebrook in his garden at Halam, near Newark in Nottinghamshire. (enlarge photo)
The Guinness world record for the heaviest onion was set by an onion weighing 7.495 kg (16.52 lb), which was grown by John Sifford (UK) of Halesowen, West Midlands, UK.
Guinness World Records also recognized the world record for the longest onion cake, which measured 27 m (88 ft 6 in) and was made by Hans-Dieter Slobodkin and members of the Dürrmenz-Bäcker bakery (Germany) in Mühlacker, Germany.
He was showing it off at the Harrogate Autumn Flower Show. The heaviest onion competition is part of the National Onion Championship run by the Harrogate Flower Shows and is sponsored by Kitchen Garden.
He had won the championship for the previous three years at the show and vowed last year to make a special effort this year for the North of England Horticultural Society's centenary show.
"This year instead of 25 I grew only 10 so I could concentrate my attention on them and grew them in individual containers rather than general raised beds."
He said his success was down to a lot of care and attention.
"That's the secret, just concentrate on a few and give them a long growing season," said Mr Glazebrook.