Strawberry in a tomato is growing puzzle for family
A family in Wexford has been left puzzled after finding a strawberry growing inside a tomato.
Dmitry Murphy Zagaynova (13) told of the bemusing discovery of the fruit hybrid which was grown in his family's greenhouse in Great Island.
"It was my dad mostly," he told the Irish Independent.
"He was making himself a sandwich with some tomato and onion. He cut into the tomato and said, 'Something's not right here'."
The "straw-mato", as Dimitry has dubbed it, has become the talk of the town. "We showed everyone around and they were all mystified," Dmitry said.
The family has not yet decided what to do with it.
"I wouldn't say we would eat it," Dmitry joked. "My mum had the idea of selling it to a laboratory so they can find out what on earth the weird thing is."
The teenager, who is due to start secondary school in September, is a keen horticulturist.
He added: "We feed ourselves from it [the greenhouse]. We grow cucumbers, lettuce, spinach, strawberries, tomatoes and now 'straw-matoes'.
"Instead of going to the supermarket for our food, we grow everything ourselves organically."
Gardening website Love2grow.com said they might not be strawberries growing inside tomatoes, but a type of tomato called a stuffing tomato.