Some thought it was an experiment in genetic modification. But it is more a product of grafting. The TomTato produces both potatoes and tomatoes. Potato plant plus tomato plant is equal to TomTato. Simple!
While tinkering with Mother Nature has been going on for a while now, the rules seem to have undergone a radical shift. Thompson & Morgan came up with a hybrid termed the TomTato that has growing on it both tomatoes and potatoes. It is a feat of pure genius indeed.
What this essentially means is that you can now make McDonald’s Fries and Heinz Ketchup from one and the same source. This has been tried before. But this time around the precious TomTato plant will get sold in the market for $24 per specimen. However, it is not viable as a cash crop. Rather it is suitable as a household curiosity.
The TomTato was created by a process known as grafting. You bind the stems of two different plants together. But it is quite a frustrating process since the stems have to have the same thickness. This is literally the stuff out of which Frankenstein movies have been made. The procedure has already been tried successfully in case of grapes and apples.
However, these previous experiments combined same species stems. In case of the TomTato, the lucky factor was that tomatoes and potatoes belong to the same botanical family. The TomTato produces cherry tomatoes in the upper part while at bottom lies the potatoes. Both taste great and it is hoped that they will prove useful in the kitchen.