KEEN gardener Geoffrey Wade was looking forward to some salad for lunch.
But he and his wife Eileen got more than they bargained for as they prepared tomatoes for the meal.
For inside one of them was what looked like tiny shoots growing from the seeds.
"It was amazing," said 92-year-old Mr Wade.
"I've been a gardener all my life and grown tomatoes for donkeys' years. But I have never come across this before."
Mr Wade, of Salendine Nook, said his wife had bought the tomatoes from Sainsburys in Huddersfield.
He said: "The tomato was perfect, with no splits in the skin.
"Eileen put it in boiling water to make it easier to peel and then cut it open.
"We were very surprised.
"I got a magnifying glass and took a closer look and it seems almost every seed has started to spout.
"I've never seen anything so odd before."
Examiner gardening expert Graham Porter said it was a phenomenon he had heard about but never seen.
"It's a syndrome which can affect tomatoes, which comes across as a physiological disorder.
"It's not something I have encountered myself, but it is not unusual.
"It is certainly very interesting when it does happen."