Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Meet Doug, the Ugly New Zealand Potato That Might Be the World’s Biggest

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) – Colin and Donna Craig-Brown were weeding their garden in New Zealand when Colin’s spade struck a large object just below the surface of the soil.

As the couple knelt down and began digging around the object, Colin wondered if it was some kind of strange fungal growth, a giant puffball. After Colin scooped it out with his garden fork, he tasted it by scratching the skin slightly.

“We couldn’t believe it,” Donna said. “It was just too big.”

And not pretty at all. Donna describes her appearance as an ugly, mutant look.

But it’s probably the biggest potato on record. When the couple put it in their garage and put it on their old scales, it weighed a remarkable 7.9 kg (17.4 lb). This is equivalent to two sacks of normal potatoes or a small dog.

In the weeks since their unusual discovery on August 30, the couple’s potatoes have become a celebrity around their small farm near Hamilton. They’ve named Potato Doug after the way it was figured out, and Colin even built a buggy to drag Doug around.

“We put a hat on him. We put him on Facebook, took him for a walk, gave him some sunshine,” Doug said. “It’s all a little bit of fun. It’s amazing what keeps people entertained.”


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