Anyone grown a bigger choko?

WEIGHTY VEGGIE: Margaret and Barry Peebles with their oversized choko.
WEIGHTY VEGGIE: Margaret and Barry Peebles with their oversized choko.

IT'S just a suburban garden and the vine grows on a steel mesh fence down the back, almost as an afterthought.

But last week, keen gardeners Barry and Margaret Peebles, of South Lismore, harvested a massive 1.5kg choko from their backyard vine, and they're wondering if anyone else in the area has grown one as big.

"The vine's only been there just over a year," Margaret told The Echo.

"It's one of the smooth-skinned varieties. We've had a couple of big ones from it, but nothing as big as this."

Margaret uses chokos as a steamed vegetable and to "bulk out" fruit pies and chutneys.

Barry said he had been told of a choko that had featured in the Guinness Book of World Records. It had weighed in at 3lb 4oz on the imperial scale - that's 1.47kg.

"Ours looks to be a bit bigger than that," Barry said.

"But these aren't digital scales so we're not sure how precise they are.

"I reckon if Margaret hadn't picked it, it would have grown even bigger.

"We'd have needed a wheelbarrow to get it back to the house!" he quipped.

Barry and Margaret grow most of the veggies for their meals in their garden. Their neat, raised beds are abundant with herbs, garlic, chillies, capsicums and all vegetables in season.

"If we lived in the Third World, we'd be really grateful for a garden like this," Margaret said.

"It probably doesn't save us much money in the end, but eating fresh vegetables is the best. Many of our veggies never make it up into the house - we eat them raw from the garden because they taste so good."

If you've grown a choko to rival Barry and Margaret's, give them a call on 6621 6843.

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