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Did You Know About the World's Heaviest Radish?

The marvel of nature, world's heaviest radish, grown by Manda Fermentation Co. in Japan, weighing a staggering 45.865 kilograms and earning a Guinness World Record.

Saurabh Shukla
Did You Know About the World's Heaviest Radish? (Photo Credit: Guinness world records)
Did You Know About the World's Heaviest Radish? (Photo Credit: Guinness world records)

In the world of gardening, every now and then, there comes a story that simply leaves us in awe of the wonders of nature. One such story revolves around a seemingly ordinary vegetable, yet one that has broken records and captured imaginations worldwide: the heaviest radish ever grown.

Imagine the surprise and wonder when news broke about a Japanese company, Manda Fermentation Co., claiming the Guinness World Record for growing the world's heaviest radish. It wasn't just big; it was giant, weighing in at a staggering 45.865 kilograms (101 lbs). To put that into perspective, it's about the same weight as a baby hippo, one of nature's heavier newborns.

This remarkable radish surpassed the previous record, set in 2003 by Manabu Ono, also hailing from Japan, by nearly 15 kilograms (33 lbs). Its dimensions were equally impressive, with a circumference of 113 centimeters and a root length stretching to 80 centimeters.

What's truly fascinating is the science and effort behind this incredible feat. Manda Fermentation Co., known for its work in the biotechnology industry, credits its success to a special blend used in their Manda Hakko product. This fermented food product, derived from a blend of over 53 raw materials including fruits, grains, seaweeds, and vegetables, proved to be the secret sauce for growing record-breaking produce.

The radish itself is a hybrid, a cross between a Sakurajima radish and a Taibyo-Sobutori radish. Typically, these varieties weigh in at a fraction of the record-holder, ranging from 1-2 kilograms (2.2-4.4 lbs) and 6 kilograms (13.2 lbs) respectively. Yet, through careful cultivation and a touch of ingenuity, Manda Fermentation Co. managed to push the boundaries of what was thought possible.

Growing such an enormous radish wasn't without its challenges. The root had to be meticulously tended to, ensuring it was properly covered with soil as it grew. Additionally, adequate spacing between radishes was crucial, with a requirement of over one meter between each plant to allow for optimal growth conditions.

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