UK: New Guinness World Record Set for Largest Gooseberry

Graeme Watson with hsi 2019 Guinness World Record gooseberry. Photo: Paul Anthony Wilson
Graeme Watson with hsi 2019 Guinness World Record gooseberry. Photo: Paul Anthony Wilson

Graeme Watson of the United Kingdom holds the newest Guinness World Records title for the heaviest gooseberry. A gooseberry grown by Graeme and submitted to the Egton Bridge Gooseberry Show on August 6, 2019 weighed 2.28 ounces (64.83 grams).

The gooseberry was a yellow variety known as “Millennium”.

Find out more about Graeme and his winning gooseberry on the Egton Bridge Gooseberry Show website. This is the 10th time — and the 7th in a row — that Graeme has been named champion.

The Egton Bridge Old Gooseberry Society has been in operation since 1800, making it the longest-running such organization in the world, and one of the oldest of any continually-operating societies in the UK. The Gooseberry Show’s 220th edition is due to take place on August 4, 2020.

See more about Mr. Watson’s record-setting fruit at

The gooseberry is a member of the ribes flowering plant family alongside currants. Gooseberry bushes produce sweet, seedy fruits from 1/2-inch to 1-inch long, on average. In addition to being cultivated, the bushes grow as native plants in the US, UK, Europe, and several other parts of the world.


Source: Rachel Gluck, Guinness World Records


Ed. Note: Because of a fungi that can grow on ribes including gooseberry and currant, it is illegal to plant ribes in some US states. As noted in the North Carolina Extension Gardener Handbook, it is illegal to grow gooseberry in NC.


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