When Chahi Ariel learned he beat the previous world record holder he said he "jumped in the car, laughed, and sang."
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Strawberries are a popular fruit for a reason—they're juicy, perfectly sweet, nutritious, and easy for a beginner gardener to grow from home. No stranger to growing strawberries, however, is Israeli farmer Chahi Ariel, who recently broke the Guinness World Record for the world's largest strawberry.

The record-breaking fruit weighed in at 289 grams (10 ounces) and is five times the average weight of a regular berry in the local Ilan variety, explains Nir Dai, a researcher at Israel's Volcani Institute where the strain was developed. Additionally, the strawberry was 18 centimeters long and 34 centimeters in circumference, according to the Guinness World Record entry.

The previous record was held by Japanese farmer Koji Nakao, who found a 250-gram strawberry during his harvest in 2015. Nakao's discovery de-throned the United Kingdom, which held the world record title for heaviest strawberry for 32 years. A mutant, fused together from surrounding berries of the Japanese Amaou strawberry variety, the previous record-setter was about the size of an apple at 12 centimeters long and about 30 centimeters in circumference.

Ariel was hopeful he'd beat out his competitor when he saw how big the fruit were growing on his family's farm last year. The large fruit is likely attributed to the unusually cold weather during 2021, which slowed the strawberry's ripening process, allowing it to continue gaining weight. Ariel said he kept his winning strawberry in the freezer to preserve it while he waited to hear confirmation that it was a record-breaker. "When we heard, it was an amazing feeling. I jumped in the car, laughed, and sang," he said. "We've been waiting for this for a long time."


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