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December 2, 2014

You say tomato, I say potahtoe

An extraordinary plant that produces both tomatoes and potatoes has been developed in the UK. Just one of these bad boys can grow more than 500 sweet cherry tomatoes above the ground, and a decent crop of white potatoes below. Aptly named ‘TomTato’, the plant is actually 100 percent natural, and not genetically modified as one would expect.

TomTato, a.k.a ‘veg plot in a pot’, was developed through high-tech grafting by Thompson and Morgan, a horticultural firm based in the town of Ipswich, in Suffolk, England. Although similar plants have been created in the UK before, this is the first time someone has managed to produce a commercially viable version. The TomTato - A Plant That Grows Tomatoes above Ground and Potatoes Below | Oddity Central - Collecting Oddities

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That's cool, but try to get one here in the US, almost impossible. They've been doing this grafting to fruit trees for decades outside the US and I tried to purchase some 15 years ago from Australia but it was not possible to do at the time. The fruit tree grafts had 7 different fruits on them.
See the tomtato here:


Posted by: ghostsniper [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 2, 2014 7:10 PM

Next thing you know, they'll introduce a beefork. One animal that produces hamburger and bacon with wheat growing on its back for the bun. The glories of genetic modification!

Posted by: Doug [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 3, 2014 3:58 AM

Aptly named ‘TomTato’, the plant is actually 100 percent natural, and not genetically modified as one would expect.

Except for how it is genetically modified, just slowly over time using grafts instead of fast using direct genetic manipulation.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 3, 2014 8:44 AM

I don't get it. What's the big deal? If I want potatoes or tomatoes I just go to the store and buy them.

Posted by: chasmatic [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 3, 2014 10:25 PM

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