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Ask Adam #7: You say tomato, I say potato…

Nick has written in with the following question…

My potatoes flowered and the flowers have produced what look like tomatoes. Is this to be expected?

This is expected as these the potato plants producing a fruit containing seeds. 

The fruit, although similar in appearance to a tomato, should never be consumed. They are steeped in solanine, which is a toxin that can cause a variety of unpleasant symptoms including headaches and diarrhoea. It’s even been reported that those who have eaten these have slipped into a coma and died.

It would be wonderful if these were tomato plants, it certainly would kill two birds with one stone – I remember reading somewhere that some plant manufacturers are grafting tomato and potato plants together to improve crop efficiency. 

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One reply on “Ask Adam #7: You say tomato, I say potato…”

I grafted a Tomato Plant onto a Potato plant a while back. It’s only in a small container, so I’m not expecting an abundance of potatoes from it. However, for its size, it’s producing far more fruits than the ‘regular’ tomato plants are.

I’d never really considered the toxicity issue with potato plant ‘fruits’ though, so I’m curious about how a grafted plant differs in that regard. I shall have to dig deeper (pardon the pun!) before I consume!

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