Growers in Holland and Israel have separately launched cherry tomato plants for the window sill.
Producers believe the plants will appeal to people who buy potted herbs in supermarkets.
Dutch growers look set to be first to the market with their Pick-a-Tom product. The first plants will be available from May until the end of August.
The variety, is grown from a seed bred by the
Japan-based breeder Sakata. Average yield is 40 fruit over three weeks.
The group behind Pick-a-Tom is Action Pearl Growers. This year, 300,000 pots will be grown in Holland to test trade and consumer reaction. Spokesman Maurice Wubben said one English grower had already indicated its interest.
The Israeli potted plant has been grown from a seed developed by Blazer, a research body that supports Agrexco’s Carmel brand.