Johnson County peach might set a new Guinness world record for heaviest peach

Peach and tennis ball

OLATHE, Kan. — Mark Angermayer of Tubby Fruits in Bucyrus, Kan. knew his peach was big, but he wondered, was it the biggest in the world?

Mark Angermayer believes he has grown the largest peach in the world.

Mark Angermayer believes he has grown the largest peach in the world.

So he asked agriculture agent Rick Miller and horticulture agent Dennis Patton with the Johnson County K-State Research and Extension in Olathe to weigh his peach for submission to the Guinness Book of World Records.

The current world record is a peach weighing in a 725 grams, grown back in 2002.

Angermayer’s peach was picked August 24 and officially measured Monday at the USDA Milk Market Administration in Lenexa. Angermayer said Guinness World Records required two certified scientists to measure the peach using a verified scale capable of measuring to .01 grams, and the weighing process had to be documented in both video and photos. In addition, the peach had to be consumed to prove that it hadn’t been manipulated to skew the results.

Miller and Patton took measurements of the diameter and circumference of the peach, a late season variety called Lady Nancy, then took the official weight.

It clocked in at 763.39 grams.

Peach on scale

Angermayer then cut up the peach and shared it with everyone in the room. Much to everyone’s surprise, it was surprisingly sweet and juicy for such a large fruit.

Angermayer said it will take up to 12 weeks for Guinness World Records to review the submission and determine if Angermayer’s peach is the new world record holder.