Grandfather grows giant cucumber


Blackleaf
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A grandfather in Derby says praying to his cucumber has helped it grow to a potential world-record size.

Raghbir Singh Sanghera, who worked as a farmer in India before coming to the UK in 1991, grew the 51in (129.54cm) ribbed vegetable in his greenhouse.

Mr Sanghera said the cucumber - whose species has not yet been determined - continues to grow in girth and length.

Derby grandfather grows giant cucumber


2 August 2018
BBC News

The beast grown by Raghbir Singh Sanghera could be an Armenian cucumber, one expert suggested

A grandfather in Derby says praying to his cucumber has helped it grow to a potential world-record size.

Raghbir Singh Sanghera, who worked as a farmer in India before coming to the UK in 1991, grew the 51in (129.54cm) ribbed vegetable in his greenhouse.

Mr Sanghera said the cucumber - whose species has not yet been determined - continues to grow in girth and length.

The current Guinness World Record for the longest cucumber, which was grown in Wales in 2011, is 107cm (42.13in).

Peter Glazebrook, an expert in growing giant vegetables, says it appears to be an Armenian cucumber (Cucumis melo flexuosus), making it a muskmelon as opposed to a standard cucumber (Cucumis sativus), which is part of the gourd family.

"We have seen these presented before at giant veg shows only to be rejected," Mr Glazebrook said.

"However, it is a fine specimen of its type, and he has done well."

Only members of the Cucumis sativus species can qualify for the Guinness World Record of longest cucumber.

A spokesman for Guinness World Records said they have no current record for the longest Armenian cucumber, "but anyone can apply to create a new title via our website".


The colossal cucumber - which may in fact be a variety of muskmelon - has now reached more than 51in (129.54cm)

Mr Sanghera said he will take the vegetable to the Singh Sabha Gurdwara in Nottingham, where he volunteers, for everyone to share once it is ready to eat.

"It's still growing and will get thicker, then when it's ready we'll keep some seeds for next year," the 75-year-old said.

"You have to look after it like a child."


Mr Sanghera has a seat in his greenhouse where he prays

Mr Sanghera said the unusually long vegetable was one of four he planted four months ago, but while the other three were eaten, one was left alone to grow.

"I have made a seat to sit next to it and where I can see it and watch it," he said.

"I pray that it grows, that it keeps us all healthy and that everybody stays well and happy - it makes me happy seeing it."

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-englan...shire-45036320
 
Dixie Cup
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While my story of a cucumber is of a different variety....my grandfather decided he was going to plant a garden after my grandmothers death unbeknownst to me. My grandparents always had their garden in the front of their house and I always went into their house from the back so I didn't realize he had planted anything at all because my grandmother usually did.


One day, I received a call from him …..you come please - I got "biiiggg cucumber" Come and see. So I went over to his place and he guided me around to the front of the house to show me this gigantic cucumber. I started laughing at him and he looked at me questioningly as to why I was laughing at his pride and joy. I told him … grandpa that's not a cucumber, it's a zucchini!! He didn't realize when he bought the seeds that the picture was of a zucchini and not a cucumber. Son of a gun he says!


My dear grandfather passed away at 95 a few years later but I'll never forget the look on his face - the pride that he had in this "huge" cucumber!!! So this one pleasantly reminded me again of that day.
 
Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by Dixie Cup View Post

While my story of a cucumber is of a different variety....my grandfather decided he was going to plant a garden after my grandmothers death unbeknownst to me. My grandparents always had their garden in the front of their house and I always went into their house from the back so I didn't realize he had planted anything at all because my grandmother usually did.


One day, I received a call from him …..you come please - I got "biiiggg cucumber" Come and see. So I went over to his place and he guided me around to the front of the house to show me this gigantic cucumber. I started laughing at him and he looked at me questioningly as to why I was laughing at his pride and joy. I told him … grandpa that's not a cucumber, it's a zucchini!! He didn't realize when he bought the seeds that the picture was of a zucchini and not a cucumber. Son of a gun he says!


My dear grandfather passed away at 95 a few years later but I'll never forget the look on his face - the pride that he had in this "huge" cucumber!!! So this one pleasantly reminded me again of that day.

At least he could still have been proud that it was a giant one.

I had to look up what a zucchini is (we call them courgettes).
 
Cliffy
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Danbones
#5
It's not that!...It's the spot on his body that he grew it out of!
 
Blackleaf
#6
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_PTSMFXEBLU
 
Curious Cdn
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#7
I'd love to inherit Grandfather's giant cucumber.
 
MHz
#8
Yes, well, . . anybody for pizza?
 
spaminator
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Quote: Originally Posted by Dixie Cup View Post

While my story of a cucumber is of a different variety....my grandfather decided he was going to plant a garden after my grandmothers death unbeknownst to me. My grandparents always had their garden in the front of their house and I always went into their house from the back so I didn't realize he had planted anything at all because my grandmother usually did.


One day, I received a call from him …..you come please - I got "biiiggg cucumber" Come and see. So I went over to his place and he guided me around to the front of the house to show me this gigantic cucumber. I started laughing at him and he looked at me questioningly as to why I was laughing at his pride and joy. I told him … grandpa that's not a cucumber, it's a zucchini!! He didn't realize when he bought the seeds that the picture was of a zucchini and not a cucumber. Son of a gun he says!


My dear grandfather passed away at 95 a few years later but I'll never forget the look on his face - the pride that he had in this "huge" cucumber!!! So this one pleasantly reminded me again of that day.

thankfully he wasn't using an analogy.
 

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