Swiss farmer grows an 800kg pumpkin

GERMANY – A Swiss farmer has won the title of Master Pumpkin Grower after producing an 850kg monster pumpkin, considered the largest in Europe

Beni Meier won the title at the Ludwigsburg Pumpkin Festival in Germany, for the second year in a row.

Last year, Meier did even better; he grew a 1,054kg pumpkin, which was registered by the Guinness World Records as the largest ever.

The monster pumpkins are not the result of a Hermione Granger spell but rather of the laborious work of this seasoned agriculturist from canton Zurich.

The farmer stands to make a lot of money from this pumpkin thanks to its enormous seeds. Experts know they need these pips if they are to produce monster pumpkins: “Buy seeds from someone you know who has grown a record-setting pumpkin if you want to do it competitively. Note that the seed may be pricey.”

Meier and his hyper-large-Swiss-pumpkin. Photos, courtesy of the Ludwigsburg Pumpkin Festival.

The biggest pumpkins in the competition will be exhibited until the first week of November.

More details on the festival’s website: Kürbisausstellung Ludwigsburg.


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