Heinz debuts ‘Marz’ Edition ketchup made with tomatoes grown in Mars conditions


Good news, future Mars’ explorers! When humans set up camp on the Red Planet, they will be able to flavor their foods with a Mars-grown version of Earth’s best-selling red condiment.

Heinz on Monday (Nov. 8) revealed its first bottle of “Marz Edition” ketchup, a sauce made from the same premium-quality tomatoes as used in its popular Earth-based edition, but grown in the same harsh conditions as found on Mars. More than just a new label, the Mars-ready condiment is the product of two years of research conducted by a team of astrobiologists at the Florida Institute of Technology’s Aldrin Space Institute.

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“We’re so excited that our team of experts have been able to grow tomatoes in conditions found on another planet and share our creation with the world,” Cristina Kenz, chief growth officer for Kraft Heinz International Zone, said in a statement. “From analyzing the soil from Martian conditions two years ago to harvesting now, it’s been a journey that’s proved wherever we end up, Heinz Tomato Ketchup will still be enjoyed for generations to come.”

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Heinz Tomato Ketchup Marz Edition is not available for sale but passed the brand’s quality tests to be approved to become certified bottles of Heinz Tomato Ketchup. (Image credit: Heinz)

Although not available for purchase, a batch of the Marz Edition ketchup was unveiled at Heinz’ headquarters in Pittsburgh, where the experimental sauce passed the company’s quality tests to be approved to become certified bottles of Heinz Tomato Ketchup.

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