A farmer in Eshan, Yunnan Province named Mr. Li didn’t set out to grow an especially big turnip, but that’s what happened. He told the People’s Daily Online that his planting regime just involved normal seeds from the market and watering it every single day. Li didn’t even feed the turnip any fertilizer. This turn-up is all natural.
This massive Brassica weighs an astonishing 33 pounds, and measures 1.2 meters (4 feet) in length. It’s larger than a three-year-old child, and photos of it have made it a local tourist attraction. It’s so huge, Mr. Li’s fellow villagers in Eshan have nicknamed it “fat little girl.”
Another outsized member of the Brassica family made a splash elsewhere in China earlier this year, but it was a radish in Shantou, Guangdong Province. Although it also weighed 33 pounds, it only measured 2 feet in length. Radish farmer Mr. Chen said he relied on good quality fertilizer, good soil, plenty of space between plants so they don’t get crowded, and giving radishes plenty of water. Sounds like good general gardening advice to us.
According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Mr. Li’s accomplishment is sadly not a record-breaker. The current record for the world’s heaviest turnip belongs to U.S. farmers Scott and Mardie Robb, who grew an unbelievable 39 lb. 3 oz. turnip that they showed at the 2004 Alaska State Fair.
But at least Mr. Li got closer than Mr. Chen with his 33 pound radish. The Guinness World Record for the world’s heaviest radish is currently held by Sakurajima, Japan resident Manabu Oono. At 2003’s Sakurajima Radish Contest, Oono presented a radish that weighed a staggering 68 lbs. and 9 oz. That’s more than twice the weight of Mr. Chen’s humble 33-pounder. Maybe Chen needs better fertilizer.
Here are a few more photos of Mr. Li’s child-sized turnip: