‘World's largest potato’ to be DNA tested to check if it's actually a potato

What is potentially the world's largest potato is to be given a DNA test to determine if it's actually a potato. Colin and Donna Craig-Brown, a New Zealand couple, found an absolute gem of a potato in their vegetable garden last August. The potato, which they have named Dug, weighed a whopping 7.8 kilograms, making it a contender for the largest spud in the world.

“We unearthed this hunk of tuber, and we thought to ourselves, ‘what is this? Was it some sort of a strange fungal growth?’” Colin told the Washington Post, when the potato made international news. They described how they kept digging, only to find more and more potato, before they finally dug the beast of a potato out.

The potato survived the first round of testing, and the couple submitted the potato to the Guinness Book of World Records. Dug should easily beat the current world record of 4.98 kilograms. The couple has now been told that the Guinness Book of World Records wants to verify that it is what they think it is via a DNA test before they can give Dug the record.

Source: iflscience.com

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