Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Crossbred Hybrid - The Lemato

A scientific breakthrough in genetic engineering. A lemon crossed with a stem tomato!

Researchers were fascinated and proud of their historic achievement when the Lemato matured on the vine. There was some argument though over naming the cross breed. Some wanted to call it the Tomlem but they finally settled on the Lemato.

As the Lemato is being prepared for worldwide distribution, a team of marketing experts are scurrying to flood the media with recipes and uses for this new vege-fruit.

And just for any skeptics out there, NO this is not Photoshopped.


Mike Litvin said...

It's called cutting a tomato and a lemon in half then putting them together. Called photo-tom-lemon-shop. You can get them at your local kodak tom-lemon shop.
Very good John I love it.

Mike Litvin said...

Or rose plus tomato is Rosato! Whatever. Israeli researchers say that they have genetically engineered tomatoes to give hints of lemon and rose aromas.

The transgenic tomato includes a gene from a variety of lemon basil, Ocimum basilicum, that produces an aroma-making enzyme called geraniol synthase, Efraim Lewinsohn of Newe Yaar Research Centre and colleagues report.

A panel of 82 people have tested the experimental fruit against unmodified counterparts. Nearly all of them were able to detect novel aromas, which the testers variously described as "perfume," "rose," "geranium" and "lemongrass."

When put to the taste, the GM tomatoes were preferred by 49 members of the panel, while 29 preferred unmodified tomatoes and four expressed no preference.

The GM tomatoes have only a light red colour, though, because they have only half as much lycopene as conventional tomatoes. In addition to conferring a bright blush to tomatoes, lycopene is an antioxidant, a compound credited with health-giving qualities.

The Israeli paper is published online on Sunday by Nature Biotechnology, part of the Nature group of science journals.

Gianni said...

Yeah and I hear they're making "tearless" onions in New Zealand.