Largest rutabaga-world record set by Norm Craven
CANNINGTON, ON, Canada-- A a 77.8-pound rutabega grown
this summer by Norm Craven sets the world record for
Photo: When asked what tips he had for
people looking to grow their own massive vegetables, Mr. Craven
said knowledge is the key. Norm Craven: "You have to
research the plant and find out how it grows. You also have
to have the best and freshest seeds," he said. "And the plant
must be in the perfect environment to encourage growth." (enlarge
Before moving to Cannington in 1996, Mr. Craven
had earned three Guinness World Records for a mammoth pumpkin
and two giant rutabagas grown years ago on his property in
pumpkin weighed in at a hefty 836 pounds in 1993, while the
two rutabagas topped the scales at 56 pounds and five ounces
in 1994 and 62 pounds three ounces respectively. The first
established the new record for world's largest swede, referring
to the class of vegetable, while the second set a new benchmark
Some of the seeds even went on to break his
own world records, which didn't upset him in the least. "You're
not competing against anyone; you're competing against yourself,"
he said. "I've helped a lot of young growers over the years.
It's really rewarding to help someone."
Since he's started, there's been a significant
jump in the number of people trying to grow record-breaking
"When I started, I'd guess that there was probably
200 people around the world. Now, there's more than 10,000,"
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Saturday, December 6, 2008