Morrisons supermarket chain in the UK is launching a new hybrid plant that can grow both potatoes and tomatoes.
The TomTato better known as the ‘Ketchup and Chips’ plant is designed for confined spaces will go on sale at Morrisons on Monday and is GM free.
The Star reports:
Answering the prayers of chips fans, the incredible multi-tasking plant grows fresh tomatoes and potatoes in one pot at the same time. Above the ground the plant will produce an abundance of cherry tomatoes, while white potatoes will grow below.
The move comes as Britain’s gardens are getting smaller as an increasing number of people in the UK are living in flats and apartments.
Research has revealed that 47 per cent of households now only have access to a small balcony and 11 per cent have no garden area at all.
However, green fingered Brits aren’t letting a lack of space prevent them from growing their own food and plants. People are adapting their gardening habits to suit their living space, with demand for compact potted plants soaring.
The growing popularity of organic produce has also led 58 per cent of people to want to ‘grow their own’.
The innovative ‘veg plot in a pot’ can be grown inside and out – in a large patio pot or 40 litre bag. Ketchup & Chips is entirely natural, expertly crafted together by hand with no genetic modification involved.
When planted in late April, each plant can yield hundreds of sweet tomatoes from July to October, whilst simultaneously harvesting a hearty crop of potatoes – which can be boiled, mashed, roasted or made into chips, until late in the season.
A Morrisons spokesman said: “Many of our customers are green fingered. But over recent years we’ve witnessed the frustration of shoppers who have less and less space to grow their own. This new plant is just the solution for our shrinking gardens – and will enable everyone to follow their produce from plant pot to plate!”
The Ketchup and Chips Plant will be available for a limited time only and will cost £5. Also available during this time will be the Egg and Chips Plant, another unique hybrid plant that grows aubergines and potatoes, costing £5.
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