World’s heaviest fig grown in Worthing

Lloyd Cole from Worthing with the world's heaviest fig
Lloyd Cole from Worthing with the world's heaviest fig

A WORTHING man has beaten the UK record for growing the heaviest fig.

Lloyd Cole, of Church Walk, was pruning overhanging branches of one of his brown Turkey fig trees when he saw an extremely large fig.

It was obvious that this fig would be a personal best and at 296g it met his expectations. He thought it would make a treat for his supper and left it on his weighing machine. In the evening he checked the UK record on the Guinness Book of Records website. The current record for an organically grown fig was 290g.

The next day he took the fig to an accredited weighing machine to register an official weight. It was below the current record.

As the fig is a climatic fruit it continued to ripen after picking. In the time between picking and officially weighing the fig had continued turning the fruit into sugar and juice reducing its weight below 290g.

Mr Cole said: “At least I have the satisfaction of knowing that I have grown and eaten the heaviest fig in the UK.”

The story, however, does have a happy ending as a few days later he found another fig that weighed 295g. This fig was officially weighed and has been submitted to the Guinness Book of Records for ratification.

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