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UMass Students Break World Record With 15,000 Pound Fruit Salad

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    Students and staff the University of Massachusetts-Amherst created the world's largest fruit salad, weighing in at 15,000 pounds. The fruit salad also broke a Guinness World Record.

    In what's become an annual tradition, the University of Massachusetts celebrated the start of the new academic year with a delicious, healthy, record-breaking dish.

    About 500 students and staff at the Amherst campus on Monday sliced, diced, pitted and peeled 150 varieties of fruit to create a salad weighing more than 15,000 pounds. The salad was mixed in a 15-foot diameter swimming pool.

    It included 20 varieties of apples weighing more than 3,600 pounds; 19 varieties of melon weighing more than 2,500 pounds; peaches; bananas; oranges; berries; and more exotic fruits including quince, passion fruit and rambutan.

    A Guinness World Records representative certified the record.

    UMass in recent years has started the semester with record-breaking seafood stews and stir fries.