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Giant avocado earns Hawaii family Guinness World Record

The average avocado weighs about six ounces.

The first weigh-in at Kula Country Farms, Meridyth Sealey, left, with Loihi Pokini and his father Mark Pokini (Juliane Pokini/AP)
The first weigh-in at Kula Country Farms, Meridyth Sealey, left, with Loihi Pokini and his father Mark Pokini (Juliane Pokini/AP)

By Associated Press Reporter

A family in Hawaii has won a Guinness World Record for the world’s heaviest avocado.

The Pokini family from the island of Maui received the Guinness certificate this week for the avocado, which weighed in at 5.6lbs (2.54 kg), The Maui News reported.

The average avocado weighs about six ounces (170g), according to Guinness officials.

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This Dec. 13, 2018 photo provided by Juliane Pokini shows Lo’ihi Pokini posing for a photo with the Guinness World Record Heaviest Avocado at Kula Country Farms in Kula,Hawaii. The Pokini family from the island of Maui received the Guinness certificate this week for the avocado weighing 5.6 pounds (2.54 kilograms), The Maui News reported Thursday, Oct. 11, 2019. (Juliane Pokini via AP)

The Pokini family’s avocado tree is more than 10 years old and 20 feet tall.

Mark Pokini planted it when his son was born, using a seed from his brother-in-law’s tree on Oahu island, he said.

Mark and Juliane Pokini and their son, Loihi, applied in December for the Guinness recognition, which  involved a tough verification process.

The family in 2018 entered another avocado, but it did not meet all the elements, which required input from a certified horticulturalist, two forms completed by witnesses, a state-certified scale, photographs, video and other documentation.

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This Dec. 13, 2018 photo provided by Juliane Pokini shows a giant avocado being cut to make into guacamole at Kula Country Farms in Kula,Hawaii. The Pokini family from the island of Maui received the Guinness certificate this week for the avocado weighing 5.6 pounds (2.54 kilograms), The Maui News reported Thursday, Oct. 11, 2019. (Juliane Pokini via AP)

For the second attempt, the family gathered a team and the right tools ahead of time as they watched the growth of what became the record fruit.

They did not water or fertilise the tree, deciding to “kind of just leave it alone”, Juliane Pokini said.

“We were excited,” Juliane Pokini said. “But at the same time, we were like, finally. It was such a long wait.”

The prize avocado was put to good use when the family “made a whole bunch of guacamole” to share with relatives and friends, she said.

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