A recent archaeological dig at Wisconsin's Menominee Reservation led experts to a find that they definitely didn't anticipate. After uncovering the 800-year-old vessel, the team checked the contents and discovered plant seeds.
This wouldn't have been hugely significant had they been any normal plant seeds, but these weren't. The seeds found in this ancient pot belong to a long-extinct squash species, and even more exciting, the seeds could grow.
According to Off The Grid News, a collection of students from Winnipeg proved that they were still fertile — and the proof is in the pictures below.
In the clip below, Roger Smith of the Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company emphasizes just how rare a find like this is. He notes that the age of the seeds — 850 years old — was determined via carbon dating. A major motive behind the group's actions is the hope that they'll be able to spread these seeds far and wide, especially to indigenous populations.
Smith has grown some of the squash himself, from plants propagated from seeds of the initial squash grown by the Winnipeg students, and he reports that the vines grow up to 25 feet long, bearing ten to 12 18-pound vegetables a piece. He describes the flavor as sweet and mild, but he can't help but state the obvious: "Sure enough, it tastes like squash."
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