In 2008, an archaeological team uncovered a clay jar buried on a Menominee reservation near Green Bay, Wisconsin. Inside, they found that it contained seeds. Now, a group of students have brought the plants back to life.
The seeds were carbon dated and found to be 850 years old, and were for a type of squash that had been presumed lost. The seeds, named Gete-okosomin (Anishinaabe for ‘really cool old squash’), were taken and distributed to several growers on the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe reservation.
The squash looks a lot like a Guatemalan Blue. In fact, exactly like one except for the coloring on the skin which is orange (instead of blue). These are both types of winter squash and if it tastes anything like a Guatemalan Blue, it is indeed like a Butternut more than a regular pumpkin.
I hope finds like these are added to the Svalbard Seed Vault. It’d be great to see increasing biodiversity.