After years of, ahem, fruitless effort, 71-year-old Tetsuo Watanabe has finally achieved his ambition of growing an apple over a thousand grammes in weight. The happy horticulturist boasting, “I have finally achieved my goal.”
Watanabe-san’s Stark Jumbo apple – a variety unsurprisingly known for its size – measures a whopping 15 centimetres in diameter; weighing an equally impressive 1,030 grammes. Yet despite his understandable glee, the large fruit specialist may well have achieved his aim last year, had a similarly large apple he’d nurtured not been stolen.
However after finally tasting success, Mr. Watanbe appeared relaxed about the theft, even joking, “Next year, I want to grow an apple too big to steal”. The old man’s sense of humour equally apparent in this decidedly freaky looking photo.