|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,
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 added.