LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The Land pavilion at Epcot is now home to a record-setting plant. A single tomato vine -- known unofficially as a "tomato tree" for the unique way the vine grows -- was recently recognized as an official "Guinness World Record Holder," with a one-year harvest of more than 32,000 tomatoes and a total weight of 1,151.84 pounds.
Epcot Manager of Agricultural Science Yong Huang discovered the unique plant variety several years ago while on vacation in Beijing, China. After meeting with scientists responsible for that plant, Huang brought its seeds to Epcot and created a specialized greenhouse for the fruit to grow. The single vine grows golf ball-sized tomatoes that are harvested and served at restaurants at Walt Disney World Resort. The Epcot "tomato tree" can currently be seen by guests on the pavilion's Living with the Land boat ride attraction.