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The World's Heaviest Avocado Was Just Certified In Hawaii

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It’s official: the world’s heaviest avocado weighs in at a massive 5 pounds and 9.6 ounces.

The record-breaking avocado wasn’t actually grown this year: it was grown last year by the Pkoini family in Kahului, Maui, Hawaii. However, it takes a while for something to get certified by Guinness World Records. There’s a whole process that first requires a certified horticulturist to confirm that the fruit is, in fact, an avocado, and then there need to be two witnesses who are willing to sign forms swearing to the existence of such an avocado.

You also need to weigh the thing with a state-certified scale, take pictures, video, and complete “other documentation” as required for the record. Then it takes 12 weeks for Guinness to sign off on the whole rigmarole, and then you finally get a Guinness World Record.

The Pokinis' avocado beat the previous record-holder by a whole 1.6 ounces. To put that into a bit of perspective, the average avocado weighs between 4-6 ounces.

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The weirdest thing is that the Pokini did absolutely nothing to make such a special avocado. They have a 10-year-old, 20-foot tall tree in their yard that grows Reed avocadoes year-round. They don't apply any special fertilizer or perform any arcane rituals. All they do is sit and wait.

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via Guinness World Records

“We just kind of leave it alone,” Juliane Pokini told The Maui News. They knew that no special work was required as the year before they'd grown a 5-pound, 7-ounce avocado without doing anything at all. That avocado didn't make it through the certification process, but when the next batch of avocados was ready the following year, the Pokinis were ready.

According to the publication, the Pokinis used their massive avocado to make an equally massive amount of guac. They had enough for the whole family and still had more left over to give away to friends and neighbors.

And this year, the Pokinis will be watching their tree to see if another record-breaker starts growing.

(via The Maui News, Guinness World Records)

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