Massive yams resembling freaky monstrous claws were dug up by a resident in the Guangming village of Sichuan province’s Zhongjiang county this past week.
The largest of the yams discovered by a resident surnamed Chen measures around 0.7 meters long, a whopping 14.6 kilos in weight and is a worthy contestant for any rooted vegetable beauty contest.
According to Sichuan News, Chen stumbled upon the little plant in the deserted vegetable field at the back of his house last spring.
“I’ve never watered or fertilized it. I didn’t expect it to grow this big!” Chen told reporters.
Like a proud father, Chen shows off his yam.
Chen speculated that the duck shed near the field provided nutrients to the yam. Meanwhile, the hard soil prevented the vegetable from growing downwards so the yam had to instead grow horizontally, attributing to its palm-like shape.
According to Sichuan’s Deyang Vegetable Department, it’s rare to see any yam more than five kilos grown in the local fields.
By Lucy Liu
[Images via Xinhua News]