Monstrous Alaskan Veggies

So that’s what 20 hours of sunlight will do.

Why Vegetables Get Freakish In The Land Of The Midnight Sun : The Salt : NPR: “Everything in Alaska is a little bit bigger — even the produce. A 138-pound cabbage, 65-pound cantaloupe and 35-pound broccoli are just a few of the monsters that have sprung forth from Alaska’s soil in recent years.

At the annual , which opens Thursday in Palmer, the public will have the chance to gawk at giants like these as they’re weighed for competition.

It’s ‘definitely a freak show,’ the fair’s crop superintendent Kathy Liska, tells The Salt. ‘Some things [are so big], you can’t even recognize what they are.’

It’s Alaska’s summer sun that gives growers an edge, says , an agricultural agent at the University of Alaska Fairbanks who also serves on the fair’s board of directors. Basking in as much as 20 hours of sunshine per day, Alaskan crops get a photosynthesis bonus, allowing them to produce more plant material and grow larger. like cabbage do especially well, says Brown.”