Pucker up to the world's largest soursop
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A Big Island of Hawaii couple has been recognized by Guinness for growing the world’s largest soursop.
Ken Verosko and Beth
Smith of Honaunau’s South Kona Fruit Stand and
Farm recently produced an 8.14-pound soursop that measured 24
inches around and 11.5
inches long. The gargantuan fruit was harvested
in June. It has tiny spikes and looks like something that would
have been served
on the old TV show, “Lost in Space.”
The couple received a certificate from Guinness
on July 30 making the world record official.
They hope it will appear
soon on http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/, which at this
writing is posting the “World’s Largest Towel”
from Spain and “World’s
Largest Buffet;” it served a whopping 1,515 appetizers in Turkey.
Beth describes the taste of soursop
as “a pina colada without the
rum.” The New York native says the flavor is a combination of pineapple,
banana, lime and coconut.
She says soursop is ripe when a
yellowish-green and soft to the touch. To eat it fresh, you cut it in
and spoon out the fruit.
“You have to spit out the seeds, like eating a watermelon,” Smith details.
The exotic fruit can be used to make a delicious
juice, preserves or
jelly. In Malaysia, its delicate flavor enhances ice cream and
puddings while in the Philippines, a young fruit
is cooked as a
vegetable with coconut milk.
to Ken Love, executive director of the Hawaii Tropical Fruit Growers
Association (HTFG), this is the third time a fruit grown in Kona
has been deemed a Guinness World Record. The process involves verified
measuring and photos in front of several “eye” witnesses.
The late George Schattauer and his wife Margaret of Captain Cook
earned the record for the world’s largest jackfruit in 2003; it tipped
the scale at over 76 pounds. Also an exotic fruit, jackfruit
banana-flavored flesh and the exterior is a pattern of yellow/green.
When ripe, the outside of the fruit smells like rotten onions
the inside has a fragrant pineapple-banana aroma.
In 2006, Colleen Porter grew the world’s biggest mango in her
orchard. The massive mango weighed five pounds, seven ounces
and was about the size of a human head. She spotted it growing on the
tree and covered it with a bag, climbing a ladder for two months
to check it. Then one day it fell in her hands. Colleen kept the
mango in her frig for awhile until her hubby, Scott, made a
mold of it so they could remember it forever.
Ken and Beth
grew their gigantic soursop on their six-acre
farm where they cultivate 700 fruit trees, including mango, avocado,
and dragonfruit. Yes, dragonfruit, and if
you don’t know what that is, you’ll just have to come to Hawaii to
says the season for
soursop varies but the fruit is still for sale at their stand, which is located between mile markers 103-104
on Hwy. 11.