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02nd Nov 2021

NASA has successfully grown green peppers in space

Charlie Herbert

green peppers grown on ISS

The green peppers were then used for tacos

NASA has announced that astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) have successfully grown green peppers in space.

The US space agency said that the chile peppers were grown for the Plant Habitat-04 investigation.

In a statement, NASA said: “During the week, crew members got their first taste of chile peppers grown for the Plant Habitat-04 investigation.

“The investigation involved microbial analysis to improve understanding of plant-microbe interactions in space and the crew’s assessment of flavor, texture, and nutrition of the first peppers grown in space.”

The peppers had been growing since July and were from the ‘Española Improved’ chile.

The ISS Research Twitter account described it as “one of the most challenging plant experiments to date.”

The ‘Española Improved’ chile is a cross between the southern New Mexico ‘sandia’ chile and a landrace chile and it looks like the produce was enjoyed by all those on board the ISS. Astronaut Megan McArthur, who has been on the station since April, tweeted: “After the harvest, we got to taste red and green chile.

“Then we filled out surveys (got to have the data! ‘Grinning face with smiling eyes’ emoji).

“Finally, I made my best space tacos yet: fajita beef, rehydrated tomatoes & artichokes, and HATCH CHILE!”

This isn’t the first vegetation that has been grown in space either.

According to the Mail Online, NASA has already grown Chinese cabbage, three types of lettuce, red Russian kale and zinnia flowers.

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