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, â€œI have finally achieved my goal.â€
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, â€œNext year, I want to grow an apple too big to stealâ€. The old man’s sense of humour equally apparent in this decidedly freaky looking photo.