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August 27, 2019

World Record Grapefruit Grown in Slidell

Today (August 27, 2019), Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M., presented a certificate of recognition on behalf of the Guinness Book of World Records to the new title holder of the largest and heaviest grapefruit in the world.

Mary Beth and Doug Meyer of Slidell, La. in St. Tammany Parish grew a seven pound 14.64 ounce grapefruit that measured 28.75 inches in circumference. It beat the old record of one grown in Brazil which held the record since 2006.

“My grandchildren created a fairy garden at the base of the tree. One day, my grandson noticed the oversized grapefruit growing. At that point, we really started paying attention and monitoring its development,” said Doug Meyer. “This experience will always be a special memory for us and our grandchildren.”

“It’s not every day you get to present someone with a world record title,” said Strain. The LDAF provided an official notice of inspection document to the Guinness Book of World Records.

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