Handcrafted Frankenfood: Behold the Tomtato

Half potato, half tomato, and 100 percent GMO-free.

Willy Blackmore is TakePart’s Food editor.

The menacing image of genetically engineered foods looks something not unlike the dagger-toothed fruit from the 1978 horror film Attack of the Killer Tomatoes. The reality is, visually, far less dramatic: Corn looks like corn. Soybeans look like soybeans.

Next spring, a new plant will hit the U.K. market that looks like something that could conceivably crawl out of a terracotta pot and take over London: The Tomtato. Above ground, it’s a tomato; below ground, a potato. Tomtato. But as Reuters tells us in this video, “Each Tomtato is individual handcrafted and not genetically engineered.”

And at a family level—scientific classification speaking—this makes perfect sense: Both are nightshades, solanaceae plants, and were originally domesticated in the same broader Andes region of South America.

Curious? British gardeners can buy one next spring for 15 pounds.

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