CANNA UK National Giant Vegetables Championship

In the CANNA UK National Giant Vegetables Championship expert growers battle it out to grow the heaviest or the longest vegetable and be crowned champion.

In previous year's we have seen many World Records broken including the world's heaviest Red Cabbage at 23.3kg (grown by David Thomas, Cornwall in 2016), almost 10lbs heavier than the previous record set in 1925. In 2017, four World Records and one European Record were broken, including the World’s Heaviest Chilli. 

We’re looking forward to breaking even more records this year. Take a look at our top five giant vegetable facts below.

  1. Every year the CANNA UK National Giant Vegetables Championship is held at the Malvern Autumn Show, 2018 introduces four brand new categories; heaviest three sticks of rhubarb, heaviest kohlrabi, heaviest aubergine and longest radish.
  2. Snoop Dog, the infamous American rapper, once scooped up some growing advice from Malvern Autumn Shows’ very own record breaking veg grower, Ian Neale. Snoop congratulated Ian on his supersized Swede, giving him VIP tickets to his tour.
  3. In the 1980’s the National Giant Vegetables Championship had to move to a new venue because the pumpkins were getting too big to fit through the door. The current record was set in 2014 by a German gardener and weighs just over one tonne.
  4. Most giant vegetables are grown for bragging rights alone and are not usually eaten. Many growers donate their voluminous veg as feed for livestock.
  5. In 2012 vegetable grower star and Malvern Autumn Show stalwart, Peter Glazebrook grew an oversized onion, weighing in at an eye watering 8.16kg world record, the equivalent of a Canada Goose.

If you want to find out more about growing giant vegetables head over to CANNA - Growers Diaries, where you can follow the journey of three giant vegetable growers.