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Basketball-sized world-record grapefruit grown in Louisiana

Associated Press

Baton Rouge, La. – A basketball-sized grapefruit has brought two world records to a Louisiana couple.

The giant citrus grew in the yard of Mary Beth and Doug Meyer of Slidell.

Cora Dutschke, 3, Audrey Brouillette, 3, Darrell Brouillette, 8, and Emily Brouillette, 6, grandchildren of Mary Beth and Doug Meyer Meyer, look at the new world-record grapefruit, before the Meyers were presented with framed certificates from the Guinness Book of World Records for the 7 pound, 14.64 ounce grapefruit that they grew.

The Guinness Book of World Records says it’s the world’s heaviest and largest in circumference.

It weighed 7 pounds, 14.6 ounces and measured 28¾ inches around. That’s almost as big around as an NBA basketball.

The grapefruit was 13.6 ounces heavier and 1¼ inches bigger around than the 2006 record, set in Brazil.

State Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain presented a Guinness certificate to the couple Tuesday in Baton Rouge. His department provided the equipment for the official weighing and measuring in January.

Spokeswoman Veronica Mosgrove says official word came recently.