A local variety bittergourd plant in the garden of Lal Singh Samkria (69) of Thana village in Gurchal, Kangra, Himachal Pradesh produced unusually long fruits. As on August 26, 2015, there were some 32 such fruits, all measuring 66-74 cm  (26-29 inches) in length! He used only farm yard manure and did not apply any chemical fertiliser or pesticide.