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This Amazing Plant Can Give You Ketchup And Fries At Once

It’s sad that plants can’t produce little bottles of tomato ketchup and fries, since that would be perfect for those who like laziness. The wonderful thing is that you can grow fresh cherry tomatoes and potatoes in the same container at the same time, which is incredible.

Do you know what’s under those tomatoes? Potatoes! They’re all from the same plant.

The “TomTato” plant is a hybrid that produces both tomatoes and potatoes.

The "TomTato" plant is a hybrid that produces both tomatoes and potatoes.
Image credit: SuperNaturals

It’s true that you can get ketchup and fries from the same plant. Because of this, the incredible variety known as the Ketchup ‘n’ Fries plant (also known as “TomTato” in the UK) gets its name from the combination of the two tastes that it produces.

It’s a cross between a potato and a tomato plant, and the vine-grown cherry tomatoes and white potatoes are the results of the hybridization.

What a great match!

It’s not the consequence of genetic engineering, which is an interesting fact to learn. However, a technique known as “grafting”. In this approach, tomatoes are spliced onto potato rootstock, as described in an article from The Oregonian.

This Ketchup ‘n’ Fries plant was first developed by Thompson & Morgan, a company based in the UK. As time went on, Thompson & Morgan granted SuperNaturals Grafted Vegetables Company a license to produce and sell the variety in the U. S. 

The process is similar to a science project, says Alice Doyle of SuperNaturals Grafted Vegetables. It’s a very strange thing. However, she claims that gardeners will like measuring and watching it grow.

According to John Bagnasco, who works for SuperNaturals, tomatoes and potatoes are members of the same plant family, which makes the chance more probable.

Interestingly, it’s not the result of genetic engineering.

Interestingly, it's not the result of genetic engineering.
Image credit: Grafted Vegetables

Territorial Seed Company, which distributes the hybrid in the US, says people have been grafting tomatoes and potatoes for a long, but largely as a curiosity. He said that studying plant kinds to identify those that work well together was important before the plant could be commercialized.

You may expect around 500 cherry tomatoes and 4.5 pounds of potatoes from each TomTato plant to make ketchup and fries.

However, their natural flavor is rather enjoyable. It turns out that, Stephen Colbert’s “The Craziest F#?ing Thing I’ve Ever Heard” segment, in which he highlighted the plant and called it “unnatural,” was incorrect. He went on to say that the only acceptable meeting ground for tomatoes and potatoes is in the bottom of a Styrofoam clamshell.

You will’ believe how big a Ketchup ‘n’ Fries plant can become!

True, you could theoretically attempt to breed this hybrid in your own backyard. It might be possible, but it would be a time-consuming operation since the stems you’re attaching must all have the same thickness.

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