NOVATO, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 12: Packets of Heinz ketchup are displayed on April 12, 2021 in Novato, California. Packets of ketchup are in short supply as takeout dining has surged during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Kraft Heinz Company, who manufactures nearly 70 percent of ketchup used in America, plans to increase their ketchup production by 25 percent to keep up with demand. (Photo Illustration by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Get you some Mars ketchup!! Not actually, but probably the closest thing to it you can get. Heinz recently used some very special tomatoes to make their ketchup. These tomatoes were grown at the Florida Institute of Technology’s AldrinSpace Institute, so yes, not Mars. But, the New York Post says they were planted and sustained at the RedHouse, which is a greenhouse that mimics the environment of the red planet Mars.

The scientists using this technology say growing produce in the RedHouse could also help grow crops here on Earth as global climate change continues.

Heinz says this new “Marz Edition” of their ketchup is exactly like the regular kind. They also wanted to make sure the taste of their ketchup could last through space travel. So, as the New York Post reports, Heinz sent some ketchup up 22 miles into the atmosphere where the temperature hits 94 below.

See Heinz “Marz Edition” here.

This is exciting for astronauts, as former NASA astronaut Mike Massimino says any kind of “familiar taste … is important for well-being and morale”. To be able to eat perfectly preserved Heinz ketchup in space is now a dream that I’ll probably never achieve.

Would you want to try this ketchup?

Source: New York Post

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