It’s a record…1
The world record for the heaviest lettuce was broken in 1974. Colin Bowcock of Merseyside (pictured) grew and exhibited a specimen of the variety ‘Salad Bowl’ that weighed
25lb (11.34kg). Colin’s other heaviest salad veg achievements included:
■ Celery plant – 35lb (15.875kg).
■ Indoor cucumber – 11lb 6oz (5.15kg). This was surpassed in 2015 by David Thomas of Cornwall with a cucumber weighing 28.5lb (12.89kg).
■ Outdoor cucumber – 8lb 4oz (3.74kg).
■ Tomato truss – 20lb 4oz (9.175kg). However, Colin’s world records were not confined to salads. He also broke records for cabbages (see above), dwarf beans, leeks, parsnips and shallots. In 1979 he wrote the best-selling book How To Grow Giant Vegetables.