Israeli strawberry clocks in as world's heaviest on record

The strawberry Weighs 289 grams (10.19 ounces), a local variety called Ilan that tends to grow to a hefty size; previous record-holder was a Japanese fruit grown in 2015 in Fukuoka that tipped the scales at 250 grams (8.8 ounces)

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After a year-long jam, a mammoth Israeli strawberry is entering the record books.
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  • Weighing a whopping 289 grams (10.19 ounces, more than half a pound), the titanic berry this week was declared the world's largest by Guinness World Records.
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    The 289 grams strawberry that was found in his agricultural field and set a new Guinness World Record for the heaviest strawberry
    The 289 grams strawberry that was found in his agricultural field and set a new Guinness World Record for the heaviest strawberry
    The 289 grams strawberry set a new Guinness World Record
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    The strawberry was picked on Chahi Ariel's family farm near the city of Netanya in central Israel in February 2021. But only this week, Guinness confirmed it as the heaviest on record.
    "We waited for a year for the results," Ariel said. "We kept it in the freezer for a year. It's no longer as pretty as it was."
    The supersized strawberry is a local variety called Ilan that tends to grow to a hefty size. Ariel said the record-setting specimen has shrunk to about half the size it was a year before.
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    Israeli farmer Tzachi Ariel displays a 289 grams strawberry
    Israeli farmer Tzachi Ariel displays a 289 grams strawberry
    Israeli farmer Tzachi Ariel displays a 289 grams strawberry
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    The previous record-holder for the heaviest strawberry was a Japanese fruit grown in 2015 in Fukuoka that tipped the scales at 250 grams (8.8 ounces).
    The wait turned out to be fruitful. Ariel said he jumped up and down in his car, laughing and singing when he got the news. "We are very happy to be in the Guinness World Records," he said.
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