Over the years, ginger has found its way into a multitude of savory foods and also many baked goods as a spice. One such favorite is gingerbread, a popular baked good of which its popularity is not limited to Western cuisine. Its popularity spans the globe and fans of this flavorful creation have seen fit to seek the world’s attention through the Guinness Book of World Records.
Holding a place in the Guinness World Records is a significant honor because the institution is truly an authority, one that meticulously verifies authenticity. Ginger has successfully conquered this arena, and in categories not necessarily related to food.
People usually think of gingerbread as relatively small-sized goodies that come to the table particularly during the December holidays. The record holders in this department would probably not fit on a regular dining table, but they possess a totally different value.
The biggest recorded gingerbread man was made according to a much larger scale than the one used to weigh gingersnaps. The gigantic delight from Oslo, Norway, was baked in one piece, and it weighed all of 1,435 pounds and 3 ounces. So far, this 2009 achievement has remained unsurpassed.
Apart from this single piece, another gingerbread form has earned a place in the Guinness World Records on ginger. For the past four years, a chef named Jon Lovitch has constructed and won the record for the world’s largest gingerbread village. His latest victory features a village with a total of 1,251 buildings.
The well-loved gingerbread house is not to be outdone in the field of world records. On November 30, 2013, a creation from Bryan, Texas became acknowledged as the largest of its kind. It was 60 feet long, 42 feet wide, and more than 10 feet tall. All of 39,201 square feet, the scrumptious house stands bigger than most sheds, and this structure was such a wonder, it attracted 600 guests daily, raising more than $150,000 for charity.
The word ginger is no longer solely associated with food. It is also used as a name for a specific type of red hair – one that falls between strawberry blonde and auburn. This hair shade is not as common as brown, black, or blonde, but it is coming into its own. Today, redheads have succeeded in claiming their space in the Guinness World Records.
On September 1, 2013, 1,672 redheads gathered in Breda, Netherlands during its three-day festival, Redhead Days. This was the largest gathering of people with red hair, and they came in all the glorious shades of red – from palest strawberry blond to the darkest auburn, and all naturals.
No gingers with artificially acquired red hair were invited to participate as is was specified that all participants needed to have natural red hair. This stipulation made the gathering even more of an extraordinary feat and proof of naturalness was required. Yes, each person in the gathering had to bring a childhood photo as proof that he or she was born with red hair.
Who knows what new candidates will knock on the door of the Guinness World Records of Ginger but here are some possibilities. Perhaps, in the not too distant future, people will submit entries for the most number of gingersnaps consumed in an hour, the tallest gingerbread house, or the most number of gingerbread men on a Christmas tree.
It is also possible that the records will reveal the person I history who had the longest ginger hair in history or perhaps the city in the world with the most ginger haired people. Indeed, the future holds many possibilities for ginger – regardless of whether the word is applied to food, health products, hair color, or maybe even computer software.