Mar 26, 2018New Guinness World Record for heaviest blueberry
Australian blueberry breeders Dave and Leasa Mazzardis recently set a Guinness World Record for the heaviest blueberry weighing in at 12.39 grams, or 0.436 ounces.
The Guinness World Records is published annually, listing all the world records both of human achievements and the extremes of the natural world. The heaviest blueberry was weighed Feb. 22, 2018, and is now listed on the Guinness website.
The berry was grown in Western Australia’s Wilbinga, according to Guinness. The blueberry was of the OZblu variety.
“It’s important to remember however that size isn’t all that matters,” OZblu CEO Roger Horak said in a press release. “We are intent on growing the best blueberries on the market and this means that taste, crunch and flavor are our priorities. Dave just happens to grow record sized fruit too,” claims Horak.
OZblu continues to expand and invest in new blueberry plantings and is kicking off its latest joint venture into the Americas this year
This record-breaking blueberry is the result of natural breeding aimed at achieving varieties that are grown to be juicier, crunchier and more flavorful, according to a release from OZblu. Other unique characteristics include the increase in bloom which is the protective coating and aids the blueberry’s lifespan thus improving the shelf life of this versatile fruit.
“OZblu certainly has no desire to lose hold of this record and will continue to grow their premium fruit whilst keeping an eye on size,” according to the news release.
OZblu was first commercially planted in 2013. Today, more than 40 farms grow OZblu varieties.