Ancient Seeds Yield Once Extinct Squash


Most meat, with the exception of honey and Twinkies, have expiration dates. Natural meat, like fruits and vegetables, slowly rot away over time, but what about their seeds? Surely those have an expiration date, right?

Students from Winnipeg, Canada recently discovered a stash of 800-year-old seeds while on an archaeological excavate. The mysterious seeds, once planted, grew into a rare species of squash that has been extinct for hundreds of years. While we don’t know if the seeds themselves were safe to feed, the squash that they reaped was absolutely delicious. Check out the images below to check the rare gourd for yourself and learn more about this discovery.

Students discovered the seeds buried in a clay flowerpot on Wisconsin’s Menemonee Reservation.

When they opened it up, they were met with a piling of strange seeds that they defined were over 800 years old. Is it simply me, or do these seeds look like tiny, oval-shaped hotcakes?


While not all of the seeds created fruit, some grew this once-extinct squash.

Imagine discovering these at your neighbourhood farmer’s sell. The students called the squash “gete-okosomin, ” or “really cool old-time squash.”

There won’t be any deficit of seeds moving forward.


Each squash appears to be roughly the size of a Chipotle burrito.

These students put in a lot of hard work, and it’s eventually time for them to enjoy the fruits of their labor. After all, it isn’t often that archaeologists get to eat their discoveries.

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