Wild strain of tiny tomatoes go on sale'Tomberries' are latest fruit and veg novelty

13 June 2007

 

Tiny tomatoes on sale

Tiny tomatoes the size of berries are set to hit shops.

They come from a wild strain which has been commercially cultivated in Holland for the first time.

At around 1cm (0.4in) in length, the 'tomberries' are expected to be popular with children, according to Sainsbury's.

The chain's fresh produce technologist Robert Honeysett said: 'You can't resist just popping them in your mouth. In fact, I bet it is not just kids who take a liking to these tantalisingly tiny toms, they are very more-ish.'

'Straw-mato'

The tomberries' UK launch in selected Sainsbury's stores follows the growing popularity of 'novelty' fruit and vegetables.

Other recent newcomers to the UK have included 'tiger tomatoes' with red and green stripes and a 'straw-mato' which is extra sweet in flavour.

The tomberries go on sale from today priced at £1.29 for 100g.

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