Basketball-sized world-record grapefruit grown in Louisiana

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (AP) — A basketball-sized grapefruit has brought two world records to a Louisiana couple.

The giant citrus grew in the yard of Mary Beth and Doug Meyer of Slidell.

The Guinness Book of World Records said it’s the world’s heaviest and largest in circumference.

It weighed 3.6 kilogrammes and measured 73 centimetres around. That’s almost as big around as an NBA basketball.

The grapefruit was 385.6 grammes heavier and 3.2 centimetres bigger around than the 2006 record, set in Brazil.

State Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain presented a Guinness certificate to the couple on Tuesday in Baton Rouge. His department provided the equipment for the official weighing and measuring in January.

Spokeswoman Veronica Mosgrove said official word came recently.

Children put their hands on the huge grapefruit. PHOTO: AP