Australian Blueberry Breaks Guinness World Record for Heaviest Berry Ever Grown | Global News


Australian Blueberry Breaks Guinness World Record for Heaviest Berry Ever Grown | Global News

A palm-sized blueberry has recently been crowned the world’s heaviest, weighing in at a whopping 20.4g (0.71oz) and measuring 39.31mm across. Grown by the Costa Group in New South Wales, Australia, this record-breaking fruit was picked on 13 November, 2023 and has now been recognized by the Guinness World Records.

The blueberry, belonging to the Eterna variety, was cultivated as part of Costa’s variety improvement programme (VIP) by Brad Hocking, Jessica Scalzo, and Marie-France Courtois. The previous record-holder was a 16.2g berry grown in Western Australia in 2020. The Eterna variety is known for its large fruit size, crisp texture, and extended shelf life. Mr. Hocking praised its great flavor and consistent large fruit, emphasizing that the quality and flavor were not compromised despite the fruit’s size.

Costa’s VIP program, located in Corindi around 200 miles (350km) south of Brisbane, has been developing new blueberry varieties of global commercial value for over 25 years. George Jessett, Costa’s international horticulture manager, stated that they are always working to develop new varieties that exceed current standards and meet changing customer needs. They are focused on breeding varieties that can thrive in hotter climates, are more drought tolerant, and exhibit better resistance against pests and diseases.

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