Italian Cooks Up Eggplant and Tomato Tree

Hardy hybrid said to yield better produce than nature intended
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 11, 2008 2:12 PM CDT
Italian Cooks Up Eggplant and Tomato Tree
Some beautiful red tomatoes.   ((c) Dylan Parker)

(Newser) – A Sicilian amateur botanist claims to have developed a plant hybrid that functions as the world’s first tomato/eggplant tree, ANSA reports. Taking advantage of the fact that all three share the same genus, Giuseppe Marino grafted tomato and eggplant tissue onto a devil’s fig shrub, a hardy plant that can survive with very little water.

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The eggplant and tomato tree, able to be cultivated nearly anywhere, could be ''an answer … to the problem of world hunger," said Marino, adding, "The fruits are very big, with perfect taste, color and smell, and of a better quality than those grown in the normal way.” (Read more tomatoes stories.)

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