REPORTER: Ladies and gentlemen, behold the TomTato. Described as a "veg plot in a pot" each plant can produce more than 500 tomatoes and a healthy crop of potatoes. While it might sound like science-fiction, Michael Perry of Thompson and Morgan, a British company that produces the plants, says each TomTato plant is individually hand-grafted and not genetically engineered.
MICHAEL PERRY, NEW PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT MANAGER, THOMPSON AND MORGAN: "It's a hundred percent natural, and there's no GMs involved, it is completely natural and safe"
REPORTER: And not only does the TomTato plant produce juicer crops, it's a brilliant way of saving space, says Perry.
MICHAEL PERRY, NEW PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT MANAGER, THOMPSON AND MORGAN: "We've got less space in our gardens these days, we can't all get on the waiting list for allotments, we don't have veg patches, but these can be grown really really easily on the patio."
REPORTER: The TomTato plant will go on sale next spring for 15 British pounds each.
Note that the reporter has an American accent and rhymes 'tomatoes' with 'potatoes'. In British English 'tomato' is pronounced differently and does not rhyme with 'potato'. Click here to hear the difference.
1. GMs are genetically modified organisms.
2. An allotment is a small area of land in a town which a person can rent in order to grow vegetables on it.
3. A plot is a small area of land that is used or intended for a special purpose, e.g., building a house or growing vegetables.
What other hybrid plants can you think of? What about 'parrots' (peas and carrots)?