It’s almost time to start buying seeds and it’s easy to find all sorts of unusual seeds. The rainbow tomatoes shown below are very popular, but what kind of tomatoes do they produce?
What about blue strawberries and purple pumpkins – they sound delicious. The one I am really interested in is the new vegan burger tree seed.
It’s hard to believe people fall for these. How many plants produce fruits of different colors on the same plant? None that I know of.
But these seeds look like fun and some gardeners have tried them. The ones I talked to, all got red tomatoes, as shown in the picture.
There are some rainbow blends which are are mixture of different cultivars. The Heirloom Rainbow Blend Tomato includes black, pink, red or yellow Brandywine, Cherokee Purple, Green Zebra, White Wonder and Orange Nebraska Wedding. These are not fakes, but each plant will only have one color of fruit.
In 1998, some research produced a GMO strawberry, when the antifreeze gene from an Arctic flounder was introduced into the strawberry. This resulted in blue strawberries.
Many myths are based on some truth and in this case the GMO strawberry was actually produced. But it was not blue which is the result of an imaginative graphic artist with some cool software – actually almost anyone can do this coloring these days.
Blue strawberries do not exist, and before you ask, neither do the black ones, or the spectacular rainbow ones.
If you are looking for fake seeds of any kind – Ebay is a great place to loose some money.
Fall can be kind of boring – all those reds and oranges. Why not spice things up with blue, purple and yellow.
I really like this picture. They included a real pumpkin just to give the ad some credibility, but if you look closely at the picture the other ones all look like they have fake backgrounds or no backgrounds which are even easier to photoshop.
Fake Wasabi Seeds
I have never thought of growing wasabi from seed but I guess there is interest in this or else people would not fake them. Actually that is not true. You can buy thousands of different rare seeds but all you get is junk.
These seeds are too small and the wrong color. “Wasabi seeds are normally in the region of 5-8mm in diameter, black or dark brown in colour and have slight wrinkling in the seed coating.”
This pack contained two types of seeds, probably mustard and weed seed.
Fake Giant Strawberries
Strawberries are getting bigger and bigger, but some of the seeds being sold are just ridiculous fakes.
The picture below is a bit over the top but there are many other exaggerated pictures on the internet. I like the title of this one: “Milk Strawberry bonsai Super Giant strawberries plant Fruit NON-GMO Very Sweet Juicy”. OK, so the translation from Chinese (AliExpress is a Chinese company) is not very good, but how can it be both a giant and a bonsai? At least it’s not a GMO.
A Pear of Buddhas
Sold as “Sapodilla Solanum, pear Buddha” seeds. A pear is neither sapodilla nor solanum (a tomato), but they are so cute people will buy them. And after waiting 8 years for the seed to produce fruit, they will be disappointed.
These were probably grown in a mold and based on the color, they might be Asian pears.
Fake Picture Giveaway
How can you tell a real picture from a fake? Have a close look at the color. If it is all one color it’s a fake. In nature fruits are never just one color. You see different shades of color in each fruit – but this is much harder to fake in software, although it can be done.
Fake Vegan Burger Tree
Seeds are available from Garden Fundamentals for only $10 per package, enough to grow hundreds of fake burgers.