Wonder what people from Japan are up to? Trust them for having the most ludicrous tastes! Don’t fall off your chair if you are offered a serving of exclusive Yogurt….not from any elite eatery but from Space. Himawari Dairy began selling space yogurt that is prepared using two types of lactic acid bacteria that have spent 10 days in space aboard a Russian Soyuz rocket last spring. The yogurt, called Uchu O Tabi Shita Yogurt ( “yogurt that traveled in space”), is now available in Shikoku’s four regions. So what if space tourism is still to get authenticity, a lick of this curd will lead you to this world stars and planets. You don’t need to squander millions when you can get a taste of the cosmos in about a dollar! Himawari Dairy worked with the Japan Manned Space Systems Corporation (JAMSS) to organize the space trip for the bacteria.
The consignment included lactic acid bacteria used in ordinary yogurt, as well as a unique strain of Lactobacillus paracasei. Himawari found that Lactobacillus paracasei works to enhance the body’s immunity to disease. The space yogurt was made using these two types of bacteria mixed with the third type of bacteria. Surviving the harsh environment of the rocket, the strong enduring bacteria gives the space yogurt a more full-bodied flavor compared to yogurt made with standard earthbound bacteria. The space yogurt is priced at a little more than $1 (128 yen)) for 90 grams of the pre-sweetened type and about $2 (238 yen) for 400 grams of the plain type. Moreover, a space yogurt drink is also available in 90 and 500-gram containers. The space yogurt follows Tosa Space Sake, which hit shelves last spring, as the second space-related product created to stimulate business in Kochi prefecture.