“Red or Green” in outer space?

Pretty much anyone in New Mexico will answer the three-word question “Red or Green”. Generally, a quick response. It is a heartfelt topic here. It queries your preference for the ingredient so often providing added flavor in our meals.

In a few months, fully grown red and green chile peppers should be tempting the taste buds of astronauts on the International Space Station. NASA’s Plant Habitat-04 (PH-04) experiment, containing Hatch chile pepper seeds, arrived at the space station aboard SpaceX’s 22nd commercial resupply services mission in June, and NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough initiated the experiment…

A team with Kennedy Space Center’s Exploration Research and Technology programs planted the seeds in a device called a science carrier that slots into the Advanced Plant Habitat (APH), one of the three plant growth chambers on the orbiting laboratory in which astronauts raise crops. If successful, PH-04 will add another crop NASA can use to supplement astronauts’ diets on future missions.

My usual answer, BTW, is “red”.

2 thoughts on ““Red or Green” in outer space?

  1. Chimayóso says:

    “Before selecting a pepper cultivar to grow aboard the space station, researchers spent two years evaluating more than two dozen pepper varieties from around the world. They narrowed it down and selected the NuMex ‘Española Improved’ pepper, a hybrid Hatch pepper, the generic name for several varieties of chiles from Hatch, New Mexico, and the Hatch Valley in southern New Mexico.”
    In 1984 the NuMex Española Improved chile was developed at New Mexico State University (NMSU) by Drs. Matta and Nakayama. It is a cross between ‘Sandia‘ and the northern New Mexico ‘Española’ chile. An early maturing fast growing chile adapted to short growing seasons. It has smooth well shaped 5 – 6” pods that dry well.
    Pepper cultivars developed at the New Mexico State University carry the designation ‘NuMex’. https://www.cayennediane.com/big-list-of-hot-peppers/
    The Chile Cultivars of New Mexico State University Released from 1913 to 2016 https://aces.nmsu.edu/pubs/research/horticulture/RR792/welcome.html
    NMSU has the longest continuously operating chile breeding and genetics program in the world. The chile improvement program officially began at NMSU in 1888 with Dr. Fabian Garcia, NMSU’s first horticulturist, and his later release of ‘New Mexico No. 9’. Improvement of chile cultivars for New Mexico through breeding and genetics is a major research thrust at NMSU.

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