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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