Peter Glazebrook, a gardener from Halam who already owns four world records for growing giant vegetables, has now beaten the world record for the heaviest cauliflower.
The record was broken on Easter Monday as two National Vegetable Society judges and five other observers visited his home to inspect the 27.485kg vegetable, which has broken the world record by almost 3kg. The foliage alone measured 6ft in diameter!
The weighing was conducted at his home as there are no vegetable shows at this time of year.
Two of Mr Glazebrook’s cauliflowers were weighed on the day, with the first falling short at only 23.22kg. The previous world record had stood since 1999 and was held by Alan Hattersley of Sheffield, whose vegetable weighed 24.6kg.
Mr Glazebrook also holds the world record for the longest beetroot and parsnip and the heaviest onion and potato.
The Delon cauliflowers were grown from plugs planted in July 2013 in Mr Glazebrook’s greenhouse and watered frequently with calcium nitrate, which was changed to a high potash feed once they started to heart up in March.