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New plant growing tomatoes and potatoes simultaneously

By Mason White 11:33 AM September 30, 2013
TomTato plant 

By: David Ross
(Scroll down for video) Consumers are rushing to buy a new plant that is able to grow potatoes and tomatoes at the same time.

People across Britain are booking orders for the double crop wonderplant called TomTato, which grow cherry tomatoes on the vine, and also grow whole white potatoes, underground.

“It’s the perfect match”, Michael Perry, new product manager at Morgan Thompson, who is taking orders for the TomTato, said.
“Why wouldn’t someone buy one plant instead of buying two?” He asked.

Tomato lovers can cut salads for the entire year and then harvest potatoes at the end of the year, Perry promised.

It sounds crazy, but the science is legit. Tomatoes and potatoes are members of the same family of plants, which makes them ideal candidates to be grafted together.

This is how the company creates new items for sale, Perry said.

The tomato and potato from the TomTato plant will not taste any different from regular tomatoes and potatoes, Kenneth Mudge, associate professor at the Cornell University Department of Agriculture, said.

How much the plants produce may be lower than single tomato or potato plants. This is because the single plants focus all their energies on one product, the professor said.