Trendy Shanghai restaurants are serving French fries and other foods made with purple mutant space potatoes. Yes, that's right. These purple spuds are grown from seeds that have boldly gone where no spud has gone before. They were grown from seeds "mutated" by cosmic radiation aboard a Chinese spacecraft.
Apparently they are all the rage in Shanghai. Slightly sweet and purple in color, they are known as the Purple Orchid Three.
The Chinese space program claims that they have produced other fruits and veggies from other seeds that have been exposed to radiation, capsule pressure, and weightlessness.
Here's the deal - It's not that the seeds are nutritionally enhanced by being in space. They produce fruits and vegetables that are no different than any other fruit or vegetable.
China has tremendous national pride for successfully completing two manned missions in space. So this restaurant is capitalizing on with these "cosmic" potatoes. I guess pride tastes great.