The Pokini family in Hawaii loves their guacamole — after growing avocados for over 10 years, the family grew a huge avocado that weighed over five pounds. After some hard work from the family, the big avocado actually made it to the Guinness World Records.
A Fun Idea
Mark and Juliane Pokini and their son, Loihi, are based in Maui and regularly eat avocados from the family tree. Mark first planted the tree ten years ago when Loihi was born. The tree, grown from a seed from Mark’s brother-in-law’s 50-year-old tree on Oahu Island, has grown to be over 20 feet tall. Avocados on the tree tend to grow pretty large.
The Pokini family came up with the idea to submit one of their massive avocados to Guinness World Records for the world’s heaviest avocado. They waited patiently until a large one began to grow on the tree before applying in December 2018 for the world record. “It was just for fun,” Juliane said. “We are showing the world that Hawaii produces record-setting avocados.” It’s true. The previous world record holder was a 5.5-pound avocado grown by Felicidad Pasalo in Hilo, Hawaii.
A Second Chance
This is actually the family’s second attempt at claiming the title. Unfortunately, their first avocado failed to meet all of the requirements of the company. Any world record won through Guinness requires a lot of detail and certifications. In the Pokini family’s case, their giant avocado needed input from a certified horticulturist, witness testimonials, weighing using a state-certified scale, photographs, and video footage. It was a lesson learned but if at first, you don’t succeed, try again.
For their second attempt, the family did everything by the book. They gathered a team of people and the proper tools as the avocado grew, documenting the process over time. They also didn’t water or fertilize the tree, instead opting to “kind of just leave it alone,” Juliane said. From flowering to harvest, she revealed that it took roughly 10 months for the avocado to reach its maximum weight. The process didn’t come without its share of problems, though. “While it was still in the pot it was pulled out twice by our son. We didn’t think it would survive but it did,” Juliane shared. “When we planted it in the ground, we never did anything to it except for some trimming every now and then.”
The avocado eventually grew to be 5.6 pounds, a mere one ounce ahead of the previous world record holder. “This avo was about the size of my 12-year-old son’s head,” Mark told Hawaii News Now. Guinness World Records stated on its site that the average avocado weighs just 6 ounces. Once the evidence was sent in, the family waited another three months to hear back from Guinness. The Pokini family finally received their official certificate from Guinness stating that they did indeed have the world’s heaviest avocado. “We were excited … But at the same time, we were like, finally. It was such a long wait,” Juliane told the Maui News.
Sadly, no one will be able to see this avocado in an exhibit or museum anywhere. It’s long gone. After taking a few more pictures for the company’s website, the family cut the huge fruit open and “made a whole bunch of guacamole, sharing with family and friends,” according to Juliane. “It fed a lot of people. We even gave some away.” Though they’ve already beaten a world record, the Pokinis are already planning to grow more massive avocados this winter. The harvesting season will begin in December. Who knows? They may beat their own current record with next year’s fresh batch.
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