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Hawaii family gets Guinness certification for heaviest avocado ever grown

A 5.6 pound avocado grown on a tree owned by a Hawaii family has been officially recognized by Guinness World Records as the world’s heaviest ever grown.

  • The Pokini family lives on the island of Maui and has a 20 foot avocado tree on its property.
  • The family planted it from a seed from father Mark Pokini’s parents 50-year-old tree on Oahu when their son Loihi was born 10 years ago.
  • This year, the tree yielded an avocado weighing in at nearly 90 ounches — whereas the typical avocado weighs about 6 ounces.
  • The family previously tried to get Guinness to certify a fruit grown on the tree in 2018, but it did not meet all of the verification requirements.
  • Among other things, Guinness requires input from a certified horticulturalist, two forms completed by witnesses, a state-certified scale, photographs, video and other documentation before it will certify agricultural records like this.
  • For the second attempt, the family knew the requirements going in and made sure to meet all of them.
  • They applied for certification in December 2018 and received certification last week.
  • As to what happened to the enormous avocado — the family made it into “a whole bunch of guacamole” to share with family and friends.
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