Doug (bulb)


May 19, 2022

Doug, aka Dug, is a bulb of the Cucurbitaceae family grown by Colin and Donna Craig-Brown near Hamilton in New Zealand. The tuber weighed about 17.4 pounds (7.9 kg) and was believed to be the largest "potato" when it was found, surpassing the 11-pound (5.0 kg) potato that holds the record. at that time. However, genetic testing has revealed that Doug is not in fact a potato.


On August 30, 2021, while the Craig-Brown couple were working in their garden near Hamilton, Colin found a tuber that he initially thought was a large mushroom or sweet potato, but has since recovered. surprised to notice the size of the tubers. Both of them dug deep into the ground to dig up the tubers. Colin took the tuber out of the soil with a garden fork, scraped off part of the skin to taste and confirmed it was a potato. The couple then weighed and named the tuber Doug, from the word dug. Doug has become famous locally and on Facebook, where the couple occasionally post pictures of the tuber. At the suggestion of friends, Colin and Donna Craig-Brown wrote an application to propose the tuber, then kept in the freezer, to the Guinness Book of Records, in the category of the largest potato. Doug has been confirmed to be a potato by some horticulturalists, but is still suspected. In March 2022, Craig-Browns' application was denied after Doug was subjected to genetic testing by Plant & Food Research (PFR), which confirmed that Doug was "a bulb of the gourd variety". Chris Claridge, who assisted with the testing, thinks the tubers may be deformed due to infection. Colin Craig-Brown has indicated that he plans to turn Doug into vodka when the tuber's popularity fades. .