This grapefruit, grown in Slidell, La., earned the Guinness Book of World Records designation of being the heaviest and largest grapefruit. ( Courtesy Louisiana Dept. of Agriculture & Forestry )

Weighing more than the average newborn baby, a 7-pound, 14.6-ounce grapefruit grown in Slidell, La., has been recognized as the heaviest and largest grapefruit in the world.

Grown by Mary Beth and Doug Meyer, the grapefruit is 28.75 inches in circumference. The previous record, for a Brazilian grapefruit, was 7 pounds, 1 ounce, and measured 27.5 inches, according to a news release.

Mike Strain, commissioner of the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry, along with representatives of the department’s Weights and Measures Division, were on hand at a ceremony Aug. 27 in Baton Rouge to verify the fruit’s statistics.

“My grandchildren created a fairy garden at the base of the tree,” Meyer said in the release. “One day, my grandson noticed the oversized grapefruit growing. At that point, we really started paying attention and monitoring its development.

 “This experience will always be a special memory for us and our grandchildren,” he said.

The department provided a notice of inspection document to the Guinness Book of World Records, and the organization’s official certificate was presented Aug. 27. The grapefruit was clipped from the tree, weighed and measured in January.

“LDAF employees were able to provide the official equipment to document this wonderful Louisiana grown grapefruit,” Strain said in the release. “We congratulate the Meyer’s for their achievement and especially for getting the grandkids involved and teaching them how to garden!”

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