Posted on 07 December 2007 by

When Your Apple Tree Grows Tomatoes


When Your Apple Tree Grows Tomatoes

Photo Credit: Apple Tree by Dave ® used under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

By Michelle Fabio

Sounds impossible right?

The apple tree that you’ve been tending for 15 years has suddenly sprouted…tomatoes?

That’s what happened to 89-year-old Ray Stanton of Santa Fe Springs, California. This year for the first time since he planted the tree, Stanton noticed six vines coming up from the bottom of his seven to eight foot tall apple tree. And there were cherry tomatoes attached to them.

So Stanton and his new bride Anzo, also 89 (married July 14 after they had both lost their spouses of over 60 years) did what any of us would’ve done. They used these juicy gifts for salads, sandwiches, and other meals.

The plant science department at California Polytechnic State University Pomona credits either a bird or other animal for planting the seeds and say that this sort of surprise crop actually isn’t all that uncommon.

For his part, Stanton is more than happy to get the bonus tomatoes, but he also said, “I just hope we get some apples too.”

See photos of the tomato-apple tree.

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