A grandfather in Derby says praying to his cucumber has helped it develop to a possible world-record dimension.
Raghbir Singh Sanghera, who labored as a farmer in India earlier than coming to the UK in 1991, grew the 51in (129.54cm) ribbed vegetable in his greenhouse.
Mr Sanghera stated the cucumber – whose species has not but been decided – continues to develop in girth and size.
The present Guinness World Report for the longest cucumber, which was grown in Wales in 2011, is 107cm (42.13in).
Peter Glazebrook, an skilled in rising big greens, says it seems to be an Armenian cucumber (Cucumis meloflexuosus), making it a muskmelon versus a typical cucumber (Cucumis sativus), which is a part of the gourd household.
“We’ve got seen these offered earlier than at big veg exhibits solely to be rejected,” Mr Glazebrook stated.
“Nonetheless, it’s a fantastic specimen of its sort, and he has executed nicely.”
Solely members of the Cucumis sativus species can qualify for the Guinness World Report of longest cucumber.
A spokesman for Guinness World Information stated they don’t have any present report for the longest Armenian cucumber, “however anybody can apply to create a brand new title by way of our web site”.
Mr Sanghera stated he’ll take the vegetable to the Singh Sabha Gurdwara in Nottingham, the place he volunteers, for everybody to share as soon as it is able to eat.
“It is nonetheless rising and can get thicker, then when it is prepared we’ll maintain some seeds for subsequent yr,” the 75-year-old stated.
“You must take care of it like a baby.”
Mr Sanghera stated the unusually lengthy vegetable was one in all 4 he planted 4 months in the past, however whereas the opposite three had been eaten, one was left alone to develop.
“I’ve made a seat to take a seat subsequent to it and the place I can see it and watch it,” he stated.
“I pray that it grows, that it retains us all wholesome and that everyone stays nicely and completely satisfied – it makes me completely satisfied seeing it.”
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