Ancient Produce: Students Dig Up 800 Year-Old Squash
Oct 06, 2015 08:00 AM EDT | By Faye Marcos Jimenea
The revival of many extinct species-- both animals and plants-- have always been a great matter for scientists and researchers alike. It is an exciting experiment that thoroughly needs continuous studying and patience from the researchers.
Recently a group of student researchers were digging in an area in Canada when they came upon small clay that dated over 800 years old.
Not only was the clay a significant finding, but when they opened the clay, intact seed were preserved. This created much uproar with the Canadian Mennonite University students.
But instead of leaving the seeds as they are, the group of researchers decided to test the seeds out and see what fruits or vegetables they would bare. They were successful enough to cultivate one seed.
The seed is an ancient and extinct type of squash. And according to the students they are very excited to grow much more of the vegetables.
The researchers plan to take the seeds of the first squash and from there they will cultivate it en masse. The squash is made sure by the students to never go extinct again.
The squash actually looks very interesting, it has the characteristic bright orange hue that squash's have, but it is line with lighter orange patches. A stripe-like pattern across it, it is also elongated, like a cucumber and about a foot in length.
This discovery is advantageous when it comes to creating new food resources. With many vegetables and certain products being genetically modified to catch up with the world's growing need for different produce, the extinct squash sheds a light on natural products.
Having announced this new discovery is in the right season. Halloween is coming, and that means pumpkins, squash, and gourds will be all around the news. This will also give advantage to the newly discovered squash.
What do you think? Will you ever eat an 800 year old squash? Leave your comments below!
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