Vegetable in Alaska grow gigantic because they receive 20 hours of sunlight.


Everything in Alaska is a little bit bigger — even the produce. A 138-pound cabbage, 65-pound cantaloupe and 35-pound broccoli are just a few of the monsters that have sprung forth from Alaska’s soil in recent years.

At the annual Alaska State Fair, which opens Thursday in Palmer, the public will have the chance to gawk at giants like these as they’re weighed for competition.

It’s “definitely a freak show,” the fair’s crop superintendent Kathy Liska, tells The Salt. “Some things [are so big], you can’t even recognize what they are.”

Several state fairs have giant crop competitions, but Alaska is known for yielding particularly big specimens that wind up setting Guinness World Records.

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