According to some old botany texts Senior Scribe Neriah found, this appears to be combination of a now extinct plant called a "potato" and another extinct plant called a "tomato." The outside looks like a tomato, but the inside is brown. Tastes as absolutely disgusting as it looks, but will keep you from starving.
The player character can plant and harvest tatos at settlements to provide a food source for settlers.
Tatos are excellent for making caps because of their planting size and value. A tato is worth 5 caps for a character with 10 charisma and wearing charisma boosting clothes and using chems increases its value. A tato farm with 150+ tatos close together in neat rows will allow for quick harvesting and the crop regrows quickly. Fast traveling from one end of the map to the other twice or so will allow the crops to regrow and can be harvested repeatedly and quickly.
Tatos are one of the four ingredients for making vegetable starch which creates adhesive. 3 tatos are required for each recipe.
pcxboxone Sometimes if a tato plant is destroyed it is unable to be repaired. It will consume a tato though it won't be repaired regardless of how many tatos you use to repair it. Console commands like "disable" and "markfordelete" would only make the plant invisible. The info about the invisible plant will still appear in workshop mode.[verified]
pcUse console to fix broken plant, by selecting the plant. Then use command: "setdestroyed 0" to fix it.