Last Updated: Tue Nov 02, 2010 17:45 pm (KSA) 14:45 pm (GMT)

South Lebanon farmer grows giant potato

The giant spud weighs 11.3 kilograms (24.9 pounds)
The giant spud weighs 11.3 kilograms (24.9 pounds)

A south Lebanon farmer couldn't believe his peeled eyes when he discovered he had grown a massive potato, he said on Saturday, adding that he now hopes to enter the Guinness World Records book.

"This giant weighs 11.3 kilos (24.9 pounds)," Khalil Semhat told AFP at his farm in the Tyre area, 85 kilometers (50 miles) south of Beirut.

"I've been working the land since I was a boy, and it's the first time I've seen anything like it."Semhat, 56, said he had not done anything special to inspire the monster mash. "I didn't use any chemicals at all," he insisted, adding that he had to ask a friend to help him haul the huge tuber from the ground.

Now he hopes the find will get a mention in the famous Guinness book, and said he will send in the details for possible inclusion next year.

He said he was "very proud" that the super spud grew on the farm where he cultivates mainly potatoes and bananas, given that it suffered a pounding in 2006 during the summer war between Israel and the Shiite Hezbollah movement.

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