|March 1, 2004,
just-food.com: UK shoppers will have a new vegetable
option with which to entice their families or seduce a
lover, according to Sainbury’s supermarket reps.
The grocery chain announced it will introduce a new breed
of black tomato, called the Kumato.
The Kumato, which will be introduced on a trial basis,
is a super-sweet tomato that originated in the Galapagos
Islands. It has been developed to withstand the dry,
salty growing condition of the Mediterranean, reported
Sainsbury’s said the Kumato has high levels of
vitamin C and antioxidants, and is believed by some
to be an aphrodisiac.
"The story goes that seeds were fermented and
spread by giant tortoises after consumption of the tomato,"
Sainsbury’s was quoted by Reuters as saying.
"Moreover, it was said that tortoises eating these
tomatoes were mating considerably more than those who
didn't, harking back to the once traditional view that
tomatoes are a natural aphrodisiac," the retailer