When I first read this post
over at our sister site Gadling
, I was visualizing some over-sized zucchini
or maybe tomatoes the size of a grapefruit, but I honestly didn't expect to see anything quite like this.
Apparently, Alaska hosts a Giant Vegetable Contest
every year at their state fair. As Neil points out, the sun in Alaska barely sets during the summer, and the result of the vegetables continuously receiving the benefits of around-the-clock sunlight is that they tend to grow considerably larger than in most other places. This is extremely evident judging by the picture above, which is of the 2006 winner of the Giant Cabbage Weigh-Off. Brenna Dinkel took the title with her 73.4-pound cabbage - and no, I don't even want to know how much cabbage soup that would make.
Other records set last year include:
23-foot, 3 1/2-inch corn stalk
17.195-pound yellow zucchini
67 1/8-inch long gourd
55.15-pound blue hubbard squash
21.530-pound bushel gourd
The next event will be held in Palmer, Alaska, between August 23 and September 3, 2007. If anyone makes it out for this event, send us some pictures!