BATON ROUGE - Wednesday, Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M., presented a certificate of recognition on behalf of the Guinness Book of World Records to the new title holder of the largest and heaviest grapefruit in the world.
Mary Beth and Doug Meyer of Slidell, La. in St. Tammany Parish grew a seven pound 14.64 ounce grapefruit. It beat the old record which was a seven pound one ounce grapefruit measuring 27.5 inches and grown in Brazil. It held the record since 2006.
Members of the LDAF Weights and Measures Division were on hand to officially weigh and measure the circumference of the fruit which measured 28.75 inches.
“My grandchildren created a fairy garden at the base of the tree. One day, my grandson noticed the oversized grapefruit growing. At that point, we really started paying attention and monitoring its development,” said Doug Meyer. “This experience will always be a special memory for us and our grandchildren.”
“It’s not every day you get to present someone with a world record title,” said Strain. “LDAF employees were able to provide the official equipment to document this wonderful Louisiana grown grapefruit. We congratulate the Meyer’s for their achievement and especially for getting the grandkids involved and teaching them how to garden!”
Licensed surveyors and horticulturists were also on hand to inspect the physical condition of the grapefruit. The LDAF provided an official notice of inspection document to the Guinness Book of World Records.