(BIVN) – Hōlualoa farmer Kenji Fukumitsu has been bringing giant avocados to Urgent Care of Kona for years. “Just out of kindness,” according to Dr. Joy McElroy.
“We had so much, all falling down,” said Fukumitsu. “And the pigs eating it, so I share them with some of our friends. If you eat it during November month, they’re very watery. But after that, its good.”
“Every month or so we would hear a big clunk, and there’s a bag or a box of at least 20 or 30 avocados,” McElroy recounted. “At least 6 pounds each, even bigger. And it occurred to us that this is not normal. This is very special.”
Dr. McElroy said the large avocados are usually shared in the office, or given to some of the patients, “because Mr. Fukumitsu is kind enough to just give them to us.”
This year, Urgent Care of Kona staff decided to take a look at the record books. According to the Guinness World Records, the biggest was over 4 pounds, registered in Venezuela. However, the Guinness website listed the record holder for heaviest avocado as Hilo resident Felicidad Pasalo, who achieved the record on January 3, 2018 with an avocado that weighed 5 lbs 8 oz. In 2017, Pamela Wang of Kealakekua weighed a previous record- avocado at 5 lbs 3.6 oz.
“Happy to be out-Guinnessed by this worthy opponent,” Wang commented on Facebook.
“This baby is 6 pounds!” McElroy said. “We contacted Guinness, got online. The problem is they have to have someone to authentic [the record], which takes 12 weeks. Well, this baby isn’t going to last 12 weeks, so that’s why we called the news. This is newsworthy!”
“We didn’t think nothing of it,” Fukumitsu said. “We just pick and eat it. And we sold some.”
Fukumitsu’s giant avocado-producing tree was grafted by his oldest brother, back in “about 1941,” he said. “And its still producing.”
Why are they so big? “That, I don’t know,” Fukumitsu answered.