Taulton suspects he has world record cucumber

Associate Editor

KNOXVILLE, Md. (Sept. 6, 2016) — There is no doubt about one thing: Butch Taulton grew a large cucumber.
He suspects it’s a world record. A quick search of the Guinness Book of World Records’ website reveals the standing title holder is a Welshman named Ian Neale who grew a 42.1-inch cuke in 2011. 
Taulton said his is 43 inches. It was planted roughly three months ago next to his garage from seeds he purchased at Home Depot with a label that said they were “exotic” cucumbers. An online commentor to a recent news story about Taulton’s giant cucumber said he grew an Armenian cucumber. Taulton isn’t sure, but a quick Google image search suggests the commentor might be right. Regardless, Taulton pulled the cucumber from the vine late last month. How did it grow so large?
“I have no idea,” Taulton said. “I just made sure they had plenty of water.”
Taulton initially was going to send it to Guinness for record consideration but was told it would take many weeks to evaluate the submission.
They could speed it up, Taulton was told, for the cool price of about $800. He considered this an excessive price to pay for someone to confirm the length of a cartoonishly large cucumber, so he declined.
Taulton is a goat and hay farmer and said he cultivates about 29 acres here right on the West Virginia border. He pickles a handful of cucumbers from his garage garden each year for personal use. He claims to have a knack for growing things large. He said he gets top dollar for his goats due to the way he feeds them, and he said he also grew a 38-inch cucumber a year ago.
His giant cucumber was a subject of some conversation in western Maryland. A handful of newspapers wrote stories, and it’s the most attention Taulton said he’s received. It will likely be short-lived, however.
Just a week after removing it from the vine, the cucumber was already losing its ripe green color last week, and Taulton said he expected it would completely deteriorate soon.
No matter, though.
He said he plans to remove the fruit’s seeds and plant again next year.
Until then, he said, he’s got hay to cut. He recently had bypass surgery and was only days off having a stent put in, he said, as he made plans to tend his acreage later that day.
And maybe an even larger cucumber looms in his future. “I always want to do something abnormal than what other people do,” he said.