World Record Breaking Parsnip

Gardeners from across Britain have descended on the Somerset town to battle to be crowned this year’s king of the crops by displaying the biggest, longest and heaviest vegetables.

Among the highlights is a new world-record breaking 18.5ft long parsnip which has been lovingly grown by Peter Glazebrook from Newark in Nottinghamshire.

The super-sized root vegetable is 36 times bigger than a standard parsnip and is large enough to produce a staggering 88, 2.5inch Sunday roast batons or 25 bowls of Jamie Oliver’s spicy parsnip soup.

The green-fingered grower – a retired chartered surveyor – has previously held the world record for the largest spud, after producing an 8lbs 40oz monster.

Peter has also been the double Guinness World Record holder for the heaviest parsnip, at 13lb, and the longest beetroot at 21ft.

With reference to his new record-breaking parsnip he said: ‘I am chuffed. It is very tricky to grow long parsnips.

‘I grow them in pipes attached to the gable end of a barn so they grow downwards and what happens is the parsnip grows long and thin.

‘The pipe comes apart in half lengthways and it’s a very delicate operation to get it out of the soil without breaking it.

‘I managed it with this one.’

Source: Mail Online


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Can Cleaning Teeth Help Prevent Dementia?

“Women who look after their teeth and gums ‘have lower risk of dementia’”, the Daily Mail says.

The news is based on a long-term study in which elderly adults were questioned about their dental health at the start of the study, including whether they had their own teeth or dentures, and then looked at whether they developed dementia during follow-up using information from questionnaires and medical records.

The study found that men who were not able to chew well because they had few teeth left and who did not wear dentures had an increased risk of dementia compared with those who had more of their own teeth left. They also found that women who reported not brushing their teeth daily had a greater risk of dementia than women who brushed three times daily, and that men who had not visited the dentist in the past year were at increased risk compared with men who had been at least twice.

This study supports the importance of taking care of your teeth. But whether, or by what mechanism, oral health could be directly linked to dementia, it is not possible to say from this study alone. It is possible that any associations may be due to the influence of other confounding factors. For example, people who have received better dental care during their lifetime may also have experienced better overall health and had better lifestyles, which could be associated with reduced dementia risk.

Where did the story come from?

The study was carried out by researchers from the University of Southern California and other academic institutions in California and was funded by the US National Institutes of Health, the Errol Carroll Trust Fund, and Wyeth-Ayerst Laboratories. The study was published in the peer-reviewed Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

The media has reported this research appropriately.


Fried Chicken Winglets with Garlic and Butter


8 chicken winglets
4 tbsp flour
1 egg, beaten
40 g butter
2 tbsp minced garlic


2 tbsp Maggi sauce
1 tsp sugar
2 tsp cornstarch
1 tbsp cooking wine


  1. Rinse chicken and wipe dry with paper towel. Mix well with marinade. Set aside for 30 minutes.
  2. Dip chicken in egg and coat lightly with flour. Deep-fry in hot oil until golden and fully cooked. Drain on paper towel.
  3. Heat butter in a wok. Sauté garlic until fragrant. Add winglets and toss to coat evenly. Remove to plate and serve hot.

Source: Hong Kong magazine

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