I HEART homegrown tomatoes...literally.
Just look at this heart-shaped tomato from our garden! It has only one stem, but it looks like two tomatoes were fused together somehow.
How did this happen???
According to what I discovered, this somewhat unusual phenomenon is known as fasciation. Fasciation can occur in a vascular plant's stem, root, fruit, or flower head. What happens is tissue development around the growing tip forms abnormally in a perpendicular elongated direction instead of cylindrically around the tip as it should. This results in shape deformities.
In our case, we ended up with a beautiful heart-shaped tomato, which I love.
P.S. If you think our heart tomato is cool, then you're sure to love these rubber duckie tomatoes.