Louisiana couple grow world’s largest grapefruit
Louisiana isn’t famous for its grapefruit, but that could change after a Slidell couple’s world-record-setting harvest.
Mary Beth and Doug Meyer grew a monster fruit weighing more than 7 pounds 14 ounces and measuring 28.75 inches around.
Guinness World Records said the super citrus broke two records and is the world’s heaviest and largest grapefruit by circumference.
The squat, pumpkin-shaped fruit is about the size of a regulation basketball and weighs as much as a baby or a chihuahua.
Officials from the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry were on hand to take official measurements when the Meyers cut the fruit in January and Commissioner Mike Strain presented them with the official Guinness certificate on Tuesday.
The Meyers’ grandchildren struggled to hold the grapefruit during the ceremony.
“It’s been an adventure for our family to discover this grapefruit and watch it grow and to measure every couple of weeks and thinking that we were going to achieve a possible world record,” Doug Meyer said in a video posted on the