800-Year-Old Seeds Brought Back To Life An Extinct Vegetable!

Lately, gardens have started to pop up in schools everywhere, but one particular school garden in Winnipeg, Canada has hit the headlines after growing a squash thought to be extinct for hundreds of years.

It all started with an archeological dig on First Nations land where archeologists unearthed a small clay vessel the size of a tennis ball which was estimated to be around 800 years old. Inside the vessel, they found preserved seeds of an ancient squash.

Later, students at the Canadian Mennonite University were given the unique opportunity to revive the vegetable that was thought to be extinct. When they planted the seeds, they grew into large species of squash that were 3 feet long and weighed 18 pounds. The students named the squash “Gete-okosomin”, which translates to “Big Old Squash”, or “Really Cool Old Squash”.

But their work doesn’t end there. Their plan is to never let this type of squash go extinct again. According to Brian Etkin, Coordinator of the Garden of Learning in Winnipeg, this revived squash is much more than just a vegetable.

“This squash is representative of a tribe of a large community and everybody in that community having a place and food being a right on citizenship,” said Etkin.

Thanks to the ancient person who put those seeds in that vessel hundreds of years ago, this type of squash won’t be lost to history. Their discovery is also a reminder that saving seeds is the best way to ensure plant varietals survive.

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