The TomTato: Plant which produces both potatoes and tomatoe
The¬†TomTato¬†can grow more than 500 sweet cherry tomatoes while producing white potatoes.
Horticultural mail order company Thompson & Morgan, which is selling the plants for ¬£14.99 each, said the hybrid plants were individually hand-crafted and not a product of genetic engineering.
Grafted potato-tomato plants have already been produced in the UK, but Thompson & Morgan says this is the first time they have been successfully produced commercially.
The company says the tomatoes are far sweeter than those available in supermarkets.
Paul Hansord, horticultural director at the company, said he first had the idea for the plant 15 years ago in the US, when he visited a garden where someone had planted a potato under a tomato as a joke.
He said: "The¬†TomTato¬†has been trialled for several years and the end result is far superior than anything I could have hoped for, trusses full of tomatoes which have a flavour that makes shop tomatoes inedible, as well as, a good hearty crop of potatoes for late in the season.
"It has been very difficult to achieve the¬†TomTato¬†because the tomato stem and the potato stem have to be the same thickness for the graft to work, it is a very highly skilled operation.
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A plant which produces both potatoes and tomatoes, described as a "veg plot in a pot", has been launched in the UK. The TomTato can grow more than 500 sweet cherry tomatoes while producing white potatoes. Horticultural mail order company Thompson Morgan, which is selling the plants for 14.99 each, said the hybrid plants were individually...
TomTato, the mutation plant which has the ability to produce tomatoes at one end and potatoes at the other has been launched in the UK. Described as a "veg plot in a pot", the 'TomTato' can grow more than 500 sweet cherry tomatoes while producing white potatoes, the Independent reported. According to Thompson and Morgan, Horticultural mail order...
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properREDeye wrote September 30, 2013 4:21:58 PM CEST
First things first, when writing an article i consider it important to get the spelling right in at least the title so i'll help you out: tomato does not have an 'e' in it under any definiton or spelling of the word in the modern English language. Secondly, if you eat the produce from this GMO abortion of a creation then you are even more stupid than the author who spelt tomato 2 different ways in the title
John001 wrote September 30, 2013 3:35:22 PM CEST
Now this i call gmo.