New Zealand couple Colin and Donna Craig-Brown discovered a huge potato they named Doug on their farm in Hamilton. But they had no idea the monster root was there, as it was found in a cucumber patch. Donna said, “We couldn’t believe it. It was just huge, but with an ugly look.”
The official weigh-in at a local farm shop showed a weight of 7.8 kg (17 lb 2 oz). The Guinness World Record currently holds the heaviest potato in 2011, Spudzilla from Northampton, which weighed 4.9 kg (10 lb 8 oz).
The couple say they have applied to the Guinness Book of World Records for Doug to be recognized and are waiting for a response. In the weeks since they were discovered on August 30 , the potatoes have become something of a celebrity. Colin even built a small cart to carry the tuber with him.