If not for ketchup, I do not know how people would get toddlers to eat anything, and the “Ketchup and Fries Plant” does genuinely grow both tomatoes and potatoes. Seriously, all it needs is a chicken tenders branch and it could feed a kid from ages two through 12.
According to NPR’s The Salt, the Ketchup & Fries plant has been available in the U.K. for a while, but now it will come to the US. It can even grow in a pot on a patio or balcony.
While I would normally attribute a thing like a ketchup and French fry plant to benevolent magic, it is actually science. It’s not a genetically modified plant, though, it’s just two plants grafted together. The top is a tomato plant, and the bottom is a potato plant, so a person genuinely could make ketchup and fries all from the same plant. I don’t know that I’d recommend it, though. I mean, Heinz ketchup is pretty much the standard for a reason. Homemade French fries are fantastic, but homemade ketchup seems like overkill. Maybe make the fries, then save the tomatoes for bruschetta.
Still, the novelty element is significant, and this seems like it’d be a pretty fun thing to grow. I would say I was growing it for my toddler, but I kind of want it just for myself.