A farmer from Holualao, Hawaii has been making news lately for his incredibly large avocados, which are as heavy as a human baby.
Farmer Kenji Fukumitsu has been sharing his homegrown avocados to Urgent Care for Kona, and he’s doing this “just out of kindness,” said Dr. Joy McElroy, according to Big Island Video News.
“Every month or so we would hear a big clunk, and there’s a bag or a box of at least 20 or 30 avocados,” McElroy said. “At least 6 pounds each, even bigger. And it occurred to us that this is not normal. This is very special.”
Instead of letting the incredibly large avocados to go to waste, Fukumitsu decided to share them with everyone.
“We had so much, all falling down,” he said. “And the pigs eating it, so I share them with some of our friends. If you eat it during November month, they’re very watery. But after that, its good.”
With so many free avocados, McElroy said that they often share the fruit with people in the office as well as with the patients, further noting that Fukumitsu is “kind enough to just give them to us.”
It turns out, though, Fukumitsu could possibly become the Guinness holder for the heaviest avocado in the world.
The staff at Urgent Care of Kona looked at the record books and discovered that the biggest avocado on record – weighing four pounds (1.8 kilograms) – was recorded in Venezuela. Then in 2017, Pamela Wang from Kealakekua, Hawaii, produced the heaviest, weighing at five pounds and 3.6 ounces (2.3 kilograms); this was eventually broken by Felicidad Pasalo from Hilo on January 3 with a fruit that weighed five pounds and 8 ounces (2.4 kilograms).
McElroy and the staff weighed Fukumitsu’s avocado and were surprised to see that it was six pounds. Unfortunately, it would be impossible for the farmer to be included in the record book.
“We contacted Guinness, got online. 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!”
“We didn’t think nothing of it,” the farmer said. “We just pick and eat it. And we sold some.”
The fruit-bearing tree was planted by Fukumitsu’s brother back in around 1941, he said, adding that the tree is still producing. But when asked how this could produce such massive fruit, the farmer said, “That, I don’t know.”
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