It’s not often a tomato is described as so sweet ‘whenever people see it they just want to hug it’ – but this was no ordinary piece of fruit.
The heart-shaped tomato was grown by retired dagger maker, Rod Matless, who said he was shocked when he noticed it in his greenhouse while inspecting his latest produce in his garden.
Mr Matless, 69, who suffered a heart attack a few years ago, was so taken aback by the phenomenal fruit that he decided to sell it at auction and donate the proceeds to the British Heart Foundation.
The tomato was bought for £16 on eBay by a woman from Wales – who said she planned to give it to someone special.
Mr Matless, of Wymondham, near Norwich, said: ‘It was a bit of an obvious thing to do I suppose. ‘I spent a couple of days thinking about it and I wasn’t really sure, but this seems like a good use.
‘It will certainly make a nice present for a loved one.I hope that they like it and I’m glad I got to help.’
‘It’s all been very good fun and I’ve really enjoyed growing this very special tomato.’
The French once called tomatoes ‘pomme d’amour’, meaning love apple, but some say this is because they believed it was an aphrodisiac and had little to do with its shape.
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