High-level genetic research, careful crossbreeds, and specific agronomic techniques - this is how to obtain the largest pumpkin in the world, awarded every year during the National championship of giant pumpkins held in Pontedera (Pisa) by Associazione Lo Zuccone.
The absolute winner was yet again Stefano Cutrupi, this time with a 1226 kg pumpkin. "It is not easy to obtain such results. Some may see this as amusing, but certain results can only be achieved with specific genetics, research, crossbreed, and special agronomic techniques," explained Alessio Ribechini, president of Lo Zuccone.
One of the most challenging aspects is calculating the timing: pumpkins must reach their maximum weight and size right before they are weighed for the championship, taking into consideration that weather conditions can delay or hasten 'ripening'.
"For example, if a pumpkin reaches its maximum weight too early, it may risk rotting and therefore no longer be suitable."
Mathias Willemijns held the previous world record with 1190.5 kg.
A dozen participants from all over Italy took part in the 2021 National championship, which a lot of people attended. Agritalia sponsored the event.
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