CHICAGO (WBBM) — The Aviation Department cut the ribbon on the world’s first aeroponic garden in an airport on Friday.

In the G Concourse of Terminal 2 at O’Hare, different varieties of lettuce, hot peppers and herbs are growing.

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They’re sprouting from 26 towers under special grow lights and using an irrigation system that runs inside the 8-foot tall white structures and recycles the water not absorbed.

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The harvest – which comes about once a month – will be used in four restaurants at the airport, according to Aviation Commissioner Rosemarie Andolino.

They are: Tortas Frontera, Wicker Park Seafood and Sushi, Blackhawks Restaurant and Tuscany.

The garden was paid for by HMS Host, one of O’Hare’s concessions vendors.

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President and CEO Elie Maalouf says this meets traveler’s demands for fresh local produce.