Record-breaking 7.5 kilo courgette grown in Vélez-Málaga

Antonio Ávila, a 61-year-old resident of Vélez-Málaga, has managed to grow a record-breaking courgette in his greenhouse in Vélez-Málaga. In just twenty days from being planted the Sinatra variety reached 72 centimeters in length, a diameter of 46 centimeters and a weight of 7.5 kilos. Normally the variety weighs between 200 and 300 grams and measures between 14 and 20 centimeters.

"Courgettes have to be harvested every two days in winter and spring and every day in summer, they grow very quickly,” explained the 61-year-old farmer who has been growing them for three years and who previously worked as a transporter for a local ornamental flower company.

"I decided to leave this one to continue growing, to see how much weight it would reach, and in twenty days look how big it has become," explained Ávila proudly as he posed for a photograph with the enormous courgette.

He has given it as a gift to his friend Fali, who runs the restaurant El Yate in Torre del Mar. “It may contain more seeds than usual, but I hope it can be eaten," explained Ávila.

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