1759, February 17, Thomas Siddal, gardener, at Chester, took up a potatoe, weighing seventeen pounds four ounces, measuring, in circumference, thirty-eight inches, and, in length, forty-seven inches and a half.
–Annual Register, 1759, p. 72.
Since 1759, a few larger potatoes have been found. The largest being found in December of 2008 by Khalil Semhat in Lebanon.
The 65 year-old man, who has worked the land all his life, claims he used absolutely no chemicals to gain it’s enormous size of 24 pounds 14 ounces. When Semhat was harvesting, it was so large he needed help from a friend to haul it out. He is very proud of the potato since his farm took a large dive during the war, but hopes to get it into the Guinness Book of World Records.
However, the Guinness Book of World Records today (2010) shows the largest potato to weigh only about 8 pounds. No new information has come to light about Semhat’s potato, so it is unsure whether is claim is true or false. But the same can be said of Thomas Siddal’s potato in 1759.