Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Oregon Seed Company Markets 'Ketchup 'n' Fries' Hybrid Plant

Posted By on Wed, Dec 31, 2014 at 10:01 AM

Potato farmers beware.

The Oregonian reports this morning that an Oregon seed company is selling a hybrid of potatoes and tomatoes in one plant, dubbed "Ketchup 'n' Fries." The plant, developed in the United Kingdom, boasts the so-called "TomTato," a thin-skinned white potato attached to a vine of cherry tomatoes.

The Cottage Grove, Ore.-based Territorial Seed Company has just sent out its 2015 seed catalog and it includes the TomTato, which the company says can grow in a 10-gallon container.

According to The Oregonian, the plant was a product of grafting, not genetic engineering, from the SuperNaturals Grated Vegetables company in the U.K. The British company says that since potatoes and tomatoes are closely related, they graft well together.

The TomTato has been sold in Britain for more than a year but this is the first time the hybrid is being marketed in the Pacific Northwest.

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