“According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the largest pumpkin pie ever baked weighed 2,020 pounds and measured just over 12 feet long. It was baked on October 8, 2005 by the New Bremen Giant Pumpkin Growers in Ohio, and included 900 pounds of pumpkin, 62 gallons of evaporated milk, 155 dozen eggs, 300 pounds of sugar, 3.5 pounds of salt, 7 pounds of cinnamon, 2 pounds of pumpkin spice and 250 pounds of crust.” — www.history.com
As of late, South Africa holds the record for the largest pumpkin pie made. Weighing in at 1.15 tons the 8.4m long and 2.2m wide pie, which took two days to make and bake, was crafted east of the capital in a specially designed gas-heated oven. To translate, it weighed 2,300 lbs, 27.599 feet long and 7.2178 feet wide. It was baked October 13, 2007 by a group of Pretoria farmers. The ingredients included (and I will translate for you) one ton of fresh pumpkin, 170kg of sugar, 25kg custard powder and 180kg eggs in order to make the pie, which boasted a 285kg pastry base or to say 2000 lbs of pumpkin, 374.785845 pounds of sugar. 55.1155655 pounds of custard powder and 396.832 pounds of eggs creating a pastry base weighing at 628.317 pounds in itself. The pie was 39.37 inches thick.
“Organizer Louis Meintjes said the pie was a great way of showing off South Africa’s cooking capabilities, ‘Not only does it show that we have what it takes when it comes to cooking but it also shows what SA’s farmers have to offer in the sense of top quality fresh produce. Farmers play a critical role in ensuring a country is fed and this is one way of highlighting how important this role is to the population.'” (taken from http://www.iol.co.za , article Pretoria: Home of the world’s biggest pie by Graeme Hosken)
So in speaking of pies, let’s talk about the world’s other biggest produce that we often find on the table during Thanksgiving.
The pumpkin itself, 1725 pounds. It was grown by Nick and Christy Harp of Jackson Township, OH on October 3, 2009. The biggest turkey, weight records show that a commercial turkey grower in the United Kingdom, Leacroft Turkeys Limited, raised a turkey weighing 86 pounds, believed to be the world’s heaviest turkey. The date of when this was recorded I cannot say. Lebanese farmer, Khalil Semhat, has grown a massive sweet potato weighing 24.9 pounds.
It’s amazing what fun facts you’ll find about food. And I hope that the largest pumpkin, potato, and turkey were well put to use in the culinary department. It’d be a waste not to consume any of it. Especially with that pumpkin pie. That must have feed a lot of people. I wonder how long it took to have the people eat it?