Students Have Brought An Extinct Vegetable Back To The Kitchen Table

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.

Source: Students Have Brought An Extinct Vegetable Back To The Kitchen Table

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.

Microwave a Complete Spaghetti Squash Dinner In 15 Minutes

Your favorite pasta impersonator just got a whole lot easier to make. In about 15 minutes in the microwave, you can turn a rock-hard spaghetti squash into a bowl of tender “noodles,” ready for some sauce. I’ll even throw in a trick for making it easier to slice the squash in half. What are you waiting for?

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Typically I just quarter it, remove any seeds, etc and throw it in some boiling water for ~10 minutes. Pull them out, let them cool, hand squeeze the water out, and use a fork to pull the noodles.

I also love cutting acorn squash in half, adding a little butter and throwing it in the microwave for a minute or two. It’s already in a bowl and it’s really easy to clean up.