University of Wisconsin-Madison

Week 9 at the Pole

NSF/F. Pedreros
NSF/F. Pedreros

What’s green and frilly and grows at the South Pole? Outside, nothing, but inside, we’re talking lettuce. Leafy greens, cucumbers, tomatoes…even cantaloupe—a variety of produce is grown in the South Pole greenhouse. These are the only fresh vegetables available from about mid-February to mid-October for the teams wintering over at the station. The sun has been getting lower, and they will soon be entrenched in their six months of darkness. Some fresh vegetables will at least brighten up their plates.

NSF/B. Kuo Tiong
NSF/B. Kuo Tiong